Lynn Olagundoye Africa Violet

Calgary’s Lynn Olagundoye blooms on Africa Violet, a ten-track project that fuses R&B and soul with a grab bag of jazz, roots reggae, rock and funk. Collaborating with funk/rock outfit Guerrilla Funk Monster, the overall production is a stylish affair. The singer/lyricist’s groove-based music is on point — classy, brassy and understated all at once. Her layered harmonies and non-conformist urban sound draws inevitable comparisons to American neo-soul singer Goapele. Nothing groundbreaking here, but that’s not a diss — joints like "Beautiful,” " Sunkissed” and "Fly With Me” showcase Olagundoye’s soul stirring penchant for good music. (Native State)