R&B singer Goapele performed prior to the arrival of President Barack Obama for a campaign event/fundraiser at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco. You can also see my photos of the President here.

From Wikipedia:

Goapele (pronounced gwa-puh-LAY; born Goapele Mohlabane July 11, 1977), is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter. Her name means to move forward in Setswana, a Southern African language.

And from her website:

In the glass menagerie of contemporary Black music, rife with coquettish cookie cutter dolls and R&B thugs, it’s apparent that Goapele stands alone. With an incomparable ethereal vocal flair that has garnered her years of critical acclaim, she is an anomaly in a marketplace incessantly focused on commodities. Ask devout soul aficionados and they will tell you she possesses one of the most alluring voices, comprised of signature throaty moans injecting poignant words with both passion and substance invoking all things old yet somehow manages to be refreshingly new. She is quietly Seductive, Sexy, Galvanizing and Sweet. In an industry that advocates monotony, Goapele is an autonomist – a poster girl for individualism and perhaps because of her cultural heritage, a non-conformist. Her exiled South African political activist father met her New York-born Jewish mother and married while in Nairobi, Kenya. Their union and the Bay Area’s progressive liberal climate may explain why Goapele’s music is considered almost subversive to some, the songstress being well known and awarded for her global activism and human rights work. Equally influenced by Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley and Portishead as she was by Miriam Makeba, Zulu Spears and Hugh Masekela, the Oakland native brings a well-needed enigmatic presence to a mundane industry that is devoid of innovative magic and fascination, but thick with semblance.


Posted: May 20, 2011  /   Taken: April 20, 2011


Focal Length: 105mm  /  Shutter Speed: 1/160 second  /  Aperature: f/4  /  ISO: 800



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  • Chris G on May 23, 2011
  • It was difficult to read the blockquote text in this article – could you update your CSS to match your .photo_text class text color?

    Otherwise… great photos!

  • Ohad Ben-Yoseph on May 23, 2011
  • Yes, thanks for the note – I will correct this. Seems like it doesn’t render well in some browsing environments (that’s what happens when you use custom fonts).