Three time Grammy nominated soul man RAHEEM DEVAUGHN is gearing up to release a new album, ‘What A Time To Be In Love’ – slated for November 20th issue. Heralding the long player is a new single, a ponderous, thoughtful and sombre, ‘Marvin Used To Say’… that title really says it all.
Yes, it’s nearly 50 years since Gaye released his masterpiece ‘What’s Going On’ and DeVaughn underlines what most sane people know…. not a lot has changed. Social turmoil, raging inequality, police brutality, homelessness, unemployment, a housing crisis, a health service in confusion and lots more issues are still “going on”.
MPG asked the question “what’s going on?” and here, over a soothing and gentle guitar driven track, Mr DV repeats it. However, despite the turmoil (heightened by the pandemic) the song manages an element of hope and encouragement via shouts outs to activists and community leaders.
RAHEEM DEVAUGHN: ‘Marvin Used To Say’ out now’.