Tiana Major9 is a talented singer-songwriter from East London, England. Not too long ago, she released an in-studio video for her lovely rework of Janet Kay’s “Silly Games” single via Motown Records UK.
Tiana Major9 – “Silly Games” video
“‘Silly Games’ by Janet Kay played a huge part in changing a generation by pushing the culture forward. As well as making the dream of creating timeless Black British Art a reality. To see the stories based on the lives of my people on a global scale means so much to me.” – Tiana Major9 explained
‘Silly Games’ contains a relationship-based narrative, ear-pleasing vocalization, and harmony-driven melodies that will surely resonate with fans of Janet Kay, Susan Cadogan, Marcia Griffins, and Louisa Mark. The cozy tune possesses rhythmic instrumentation flavored with contemporary reggae, lovers rock, and afrobeats elements. Furthermore, “Silly Games” serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear on the official soundtrack to the landmark five-film anthology, entitled, Small Axe (Music Inspired By The Original TV Series).
“Music is an integral part of Small Axe, especially Lovers Rock. Selecting the songs was definitely one of the most fun parts of making the anthology series. So I’m really excited about the soundtrack release.” – stated Steve McQueen, Academy Award winner
The Small Axe official soundtrack also features the original “Silly Games” by Janet Kay. Alongside an exclusive track by Michael Kiwanuka with his rendition of “To Be Young, Gifted And Black.” In addition to these exclusive tracks, the soundtrack encompasses an original score by award-winning composer, Mica Levi. Plus, “Small Axe” contains four powerful spoken word pieces written by the renowned poet, Linton Kwesi Johnson.
The 2021 TV Bafta Awards nominated The Small Axe anthology series in 15 categories. The series comprises five original films by Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker, Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame, 12 Years A Slave, Widows).
Set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the films each tell a different story involving London’s West Indian community. The stories are as vital and timely today as they were for the West Indian community in London at the time. Their lives have been shaped by their own force of will despite rampant racism and discrimination.
‘Small Axe’ is a celebration of Black joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, music, and even food; each one, in its own unique way, conveys hard-won successes, bringing hope and optimism. The music featured on the official soundtrack is integral to the DNA of these stories. Both enhancing the narrative and paying homage to the musical and cultural heritage of the times documented in the series.
Small Axe (Music Inspired By The Original TV Series)
We recommend adding Tiana Major9’s “Silly Games” single to your favorite reggae playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment. And always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E).