Artist Spotlight: Sananda Maitreya fka Terence Trent D’arby

Salutations Gems,

It’s been a while since I published a music oriented post, so here is the second episode in the sporadic music posts series and it’s about one of the most inspirational artists in my sphere.

The first time I heard Sananda Maitreya (Terence Trent D’arby) I was sucked into a vortex of mesmeric, powerful and ethereal sounds, sights, poetry and vibrations. His live interpretation of his song Holding Onto You is honestly, hand on heart, the number one live performance I’ve ever seen. Both in terms of sonic eloquence and aesthetic manifestation and lyrical construction. Even behind a million little liquid crystals in my screen his voice and passion still resonated deeply within my bones and moved mountains in my heart. One of my favourite lines of poetry from this song is ‘In an emotional mist she breathes in fog.
And breathes it out as garden flowers.” How beautiful, right? You’d be selling yourself short of eargasms and stunning poetry if you didn’t listen to this:





On top of being a sonically gifted alien being, TTD serves as a beacon of inspiration, fearlessness, open-mindedness and open-heartedness. As I was on one of my Youtube sidebar adventures I came across this video clip recording of an interview on the Arsenio Hall Show which was filmed in 1993. In the interview TTD speaks up about the toxicity of the hypermasculinization of black men as well as the importance of taking risks as an artist and an evolving individual in order to establish your identity as well as grow. Check the interview out below.




Terence Trent D’arby Collage

Wishing you well,



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