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Lamya was an Omani-born Kenyan singer, whose versatile style, while not easily pigeonholed, has been described variously as pop, electronic, or dance. However, the careful listener will note Middle Eastern instrumentation and trip-hop influences on her music as well.Read More...
She came to prominence in 1993 when she toured with Duran Duran on their Wedding Album tour. Her standout performance was the re-worked live version of their song "Come Undone", as performed on tour and on the band's MTV Unplugged appearance.
Prior to that, in 1991, she had performed lead vocals on two tracks for Soul II Soul -- Love Come Through and In the Heat of the Night.
She is notable for her incredible, sweet voice, striking looks, and particular style of lyricism. She released one album, the remarkable Learning From Falling. A remix of the song "Empires" from that album hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 2002. Before her untimely passing, there had been plans for a second album, which would have been titled Hiding in Plain Sight.
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- LyricsBring me men, bring me men to match my mountains
Bring me men, bring me men to match my plains
Men with Empires
Men with Empires in their purpose
And new, and new eras in their brains
- LyricsI was thinking of this Plan
Of codes and anagrams divine
The juxtaposition of past and present time
That was mine
I spent blind
- LyricsFeelin' lost in familiar places
Havin' fallen from a few good graces
So many sandy years, dusted and wasted
How, from there did I get here?
I wanna be east of anywhere
- LyricsBut oh I am not afraid to be a lone bohemian
I can paint a portrait of myself
I will call me a black Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa
Come to discover I am your daughter
The sky above me is silent and empty
- LyricsThis does not affect you, you say
It's not against you, you say
It's my problem, my demons that rage 'round my mind
Turning me blind, I don't see like no ordinary man
Yeah, well, that's my life that you're throwing
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