We posted Lovely Hoffman’s A Kwanzaa Song video as we thought it was appropriate since today, December 26th, is the first day of Kwanzaa. We sat down with Lovely, who is one of the dopest R&B artists in the game, but also a well-established musical theatre performer, to discuss Kwanzaa and what inspired her to write such a meaningful song.
“According to many of my fans, this is the number #1 Holiday/Kwanzaa Song on their playlist. So I am truly honored.”
MassAve.Buzz: Only a handful of artists have written songs about “Kwanzaa” what inspired you to write a song about this holiday?
Lovely: Kwanzaa is my favorite holiday! It is a holiday that promotes community empowerment, which is so needed in our families and communities today. I wrote this song to share this message, which is the essence of Kwanzaa.
MassAve.Buzz: What impact has your Kwanzaa Song had since its release?
Lovely: I am so overwhelmed by the love and reception this song has received. From Japan to the UK, from Seattle to Chicago…even right here in Boston, people have expressed so much love and appreciation for a song that uplifts and empowers them. According to many of my fans, this is the number #1 Holiday/Kwanzaa Song on their playlist. So I am truly honored.
MassAve.Buzz: This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Kwanzaa Holiday, can you provide more insight about the historical significance of this holiday?
Lovely: Well, Kwanzaa came out of the Black Power Movement and was founded in 1966 by Dr. Mulana Karenga. It is a cultural holiday created for people of African descent to celebrate their heritage. So the Kwanzaa principles, celebrated each day from December 26-January 1, are values to unite and empower us as a people. Some of these values include Unity, Self-Determination, Faith, Purpose and Cooperative Economics.
MassAve.Buzz: From “Black Lives Matter” to ” A Kwanzaa Song” you are an artist with an intriguing style and distinct message; what do you hope to communicate to your fans with your music?
Lovely: One of my favorite artists of all time, Nina Simone, said “An artist work should reflect the time and condition of the people in which they live” and this is my philosophy as an artist. I write songs that reflect the needs, experiences and struggles of the people. So my songs encompass stories of empowerment, hope, love and healing.
“I write songs that reflect the needs, experiences and struggles of the people. So my songs encompass stories of empowerment, hope, love and healing.” -Lovely Hoffman
MassAve.Buzz: How do you approach your work and songwriting? What is your favorite part about the process?
Lovely: Sometimes I have a burning sensation to write a song, especially if I am emotionally moved by an event that has happened. I remember watching the video of the murder of Bro. Eric Garner and I was just in so much agony and pain, that I just needed to write. So, I sat at that piano and came up with my song “Black Lives Matter.” Other times, it is as simple as building a melody in my head and rushing to my phone to record it so I will not forget, in order to go back and develop it later. My absolute favorite part about the process is going to the studio and seeing my vision come to life.
MassAve.Buzz: What are you most excited about in 2017?
Lovely: Well, I just finished shooting my music video for my song, “My Black is Beautiful” which will be released early January. I am so proud of this project and cannot wait for the release! Additionally, I just finished writing a one-woman show and I am currently in rehearsals for this project. I am scheduled to workshop the show in the Spring. I really have been busy creating art and living my dream.
To stay connected with Lovely and all her upcoming project, visit her website, www.LovelyHoffman.com