Music: Best of 2017

Adam Bainbridge

1 SAMPHA, PROCESS (Young Turks) This and Kelela’s Take Me Apart tie as the albums of the year for me. Sampha’s feels so close—the proximity to the listener can be startling at times. Kahlil Joseph’s eponymous companion film, shot mainly in London and Freetown, Sierra Leone, is enjoyably ambiguous. It’s rewarding to see intensely personal music partnered with lush filmmaking such as this. Here’s hoping more artists will be able to find the funding to make similarly ambitious work.

Kahlil Joseph and Sampha, Process, 2017, 35 mm and 2Km video, color, sound, 37 minutes.

2 SOLANGE (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, May 18) Every time A Seat at the Table is performed live, it grows even more visionary and intricate. This staging at the Guggenheim, titled An Ode To, was replete with a huge mobile brass section and an enormous team of dancers. The audience was visibly moved by the intensity and scale of the performance. There will be few comparable live shows in

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