January 24, 2009
Tragic news: Lamya has died
Lamya, the amazing Omanian singer, has died of unknown causes. I first noticed Lamya when she performed with Duran Duran on their 1994 Unplugged and stole the show during Come Undone (see below). Years later, in 2002, she released a truly brilliant album, Learning From Falling, produced by Nellee Hooper and a very young Mark Ronson.
Read my review of Learning From Falling here.
I'd always hoped she'd release another record. She had actually recorded a new CD, Hiding In Plain Sight, that was due this year. I hope it gets released. You can buy her music cheaply all over the place. Get the album or just try Black Mona Lisa first - it's really moving. She was, I believe, one of the early signings to Clive Davis' J Records, but she was too clever to fit a mold for radio. Her music was too intelligent and far too vast.
Read what Simon LeBon says about Lamya and her passing
A kooky, ingenious song with a video in which Lamya looms over city boys.
Lamya with Duran Duran Come Undone:
I could not find the Unplugged on youtube, but please watch the version above - she comes in at around 4:30. This is 1994 - she was a major, major singer. I am really upset by this news.
I am not afraid
To be a lone bohemian
I can paint a portrait of myself
I will call me a black Mona Lisa
Bless you, Lamya.