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We haven’t had much melodic vocals so far in this playlist - the closet thing to singing was Tássia Reis.

Hip hop is surely the biggest inspiration for “Music to Dali & Jay-Z lovers”, but it doesn’t mean all of our songs must be rap songs (check our brand statement here). 

The track of the week is Jhene Aiko’s “When we love”, a track from her album “Trip”, which is pretty much a soundtrack for a mental and/or spiritual storytelling trip through a story of love and pain. 

“When we love” has that jazzy instrumental that we love so much, designing the perfect sphere for Aiko’s smooth voice to deliver an R&B melody with some of the most profound lyrics of the album, overall expressing some of the biggest fears and desires of the human nature: the need to feel loved and understood, the fear of vulnerability and getting your heart broken, the yearning for being “young forever”.

Jhene Aiko is a talented, young, American singer/songwriter with African, Japanese, German, Spanish and French roots (we may be missing more, but as far as we’ve researched, these are her major ethnicities). She’s the portrait of the brightest side of this generation: a millennial with multicultural background and multitalents.

What’s so interesting about seeing someone with a profile like this talk about her feelings is the universal pattern of the human condition we find in her songs. 

Regardless of age, gender, skin color or heritage, love and pain are a constant paradox for everyone. 

Aiko's brave and straight-forward lyrics often address the binomial dilemma of youth, between intensity and ephemerality, being in love and getting lost, and in songs like “When we love”, we are exposed to the truth: the deepest cravings and pains of the human being have been the same since forever.

You can learn more about Jhene Aiko here:

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About the curator: Ana Clara Ribeiro 

Ana Clara Ribeiro - Musicto Curator

Music, art and entertainment have always played a big role in the life of Ana Clara Ribeiro. She grew up in Gurupi (an inland city in Tocantins, the youngest State of Brazil), listening to all kinds of music, reading, writing, watching stuff and connecting them to her personal beliefs and other ideas she read about.

As she became a lawyer and a writer, all the topics to which she is constantly exposed continued to give her insights about life, people and the universe, through the lenses of art.

Nowadays, when she isn’t analyzing lawsuits or producing content about Law, Marketing, Business or Music, she is certainly doing something related to her various personal and professional projects, always to the sound of a playlist as eclectic as her life.