IT’S NO surprise that many musicians have been inspired to write songs about their mums or the experience of being a mother themselves. Here are seven that aren’t just for Mother’s Day but can be at home on your playlist all year round.
Sizzla – Thank You Mama
It may be 10 years old but Sizzla Kalonji’s Thank You Mama will remain timeless. It’s the perfect song to play if you struggle to put into words exactly how much your mum means to you or remind yourself just how much she’s done for you.
Lauryn Hill – To Zion
Lauryn Hill’s To Zion is all about her first born. It charts her journey from pregnancy, when some tried to convince her to “be smart” and think of her career, through to the birth of her son Zion – the joy of her world.
Prince Nico Mbarga – Sweet Mother
This highlife song is an oldie but a goodie. British grime MC Skepta sampled it on his 2008 release of the same name but the original is the best and the sweetest.
2pac – Dear Mama
The west coast rapper gives a voice to the tumultuous relationship with his mum, which he puts down largely to his bad behaviour. But despite it all she stood by him and Dear Mama is a tribute to her in which he acknowledges all she’s done for him and how he’ll never be able to pay her back.
Beyoncé – Ring Off
Global superstar and mother-of-three Beyoncé wrote Ring Off about her own mother, Tina. It reflects on the struggles her mother went through in her marriage and how she overcame the experience, making her even more of an inspiration to Queen Bey.
Kelis – Acapella
Acapella is from Kelis’ Flesh Tone album, the majority of which she recorded while pregnant with her son Knight. He also appears in the video.
With lyrics such as “Before you my whole life was acapella, now a symphony’s the only song to sing”, the singer beautifully captures how motherhood has changed her life for better.
Alicia Keys – Speechless
The singer wrote Speechless after she gave birth to her son Egypt. The song is all about her little boy, now nine, and how he takes her breath away.