With the addition of the Como Mamas, the Daptone Family has been transformed into a Daptone Matriarchy. Formed in eponymous Como, Mississippi, these three lifelong gospel music veterans made their debut in 2013 with Get an Understanding – a collection of thirteen songs featuring only the voices of Ester Mae Smith, Angela Taylor and Della Daniels as instrumentation. While their performance as an unaccompanied trio is undeniably self-sustaining, the energy of the Como Mamas is amplified by the Glorifiers Band – an instrumental four-piece made up of Daptone stalwarts – who united with the Mamas for Como Now.
Now with the musical foundation to elevate their already-powerful vocal harmonies, the Como Mamas are set to release their heaviest recordings to date. The title track from the upcoming Move Upstairs perfectly captures the raw, soulful R&B tones of the 1950s, but it’ll have you questioning what year it was actually released.
“Move Upstairs” appears on Move Upstairs, out May 19.
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