We all remember when Solange dropped her Grammy awarded album “A Seat At The Table”, fans were surprised to hear the voice of her father, Mathew Knowles, on an interlude.
Now she decided to tell about the experience of reconnecting with her dad for the project and explains how it impacted their father-daughter relationship.
“I understood my father so much more. To sort out my adolescent and young adult years, there was still so much I needed to know because our relationship was not always very good,” she said.
“It’s still very much a work in progress. But I think I have a much clearer idea of the trauma that he experienced and how it felt like it was then generationally passed on to me. Both kind of existing in the white spaces as an ‘only,’ and how much that can really shape and mold your experience of the world, race, and identity.”
Solange also shared that a “powerful moment” was the intimate conversation she had with her parents in the making of the project.
“I knew I wanted to interview my parents when the album was done because I knew that if I interviewed them earlier in the process, it would shape and mold the way I personally related to my experience in New Iberia,” the singer added.
“Obviously, my parents are divorced, and getting the two of them in a room together was a powerful moment in time. They really led the conversation. I felt that because of my yearning to know, they were honest with me.”