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Goapele reconnects with ‘Dreamseeker’ – SFGate

Oakland songbird Goapele is back with a new release, “Dreamseeker,” which means it’s time for another one of her residencies at Yoshi’s.

Goapele is in classic form on the title track (“I’m a dreamer,” she sings) and the single “Power,” where she dishes out affirmations over sleek R&B grooves. The follow-up to 2014’s “Strong as Glass” also includes “$ecret,” a song that interpolates Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?”

“I felt like it was time to reconnect with my original self,” she says. “I didn’t want to overthink anything. It’s about being boundless and getting back to that soul, R&B, funk and even some hip-hop. I took pieces of me and let them be more raw. As an independent artist these days, there are no rules. That’s comforting, because it’s how I started.”

Aidin Vaziri

Goapele: 8 and 10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, May 18-19; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20; 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday, May 21. $29-$42. Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W., Oakland.

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