In the United States, @kelelam is part of the vanguard of black female musicians who make emotional soul, women like @saintrecords, @sza and @sydinternet. “The music of these women is aimed squarely at the heart chakra of young black women,” @jennydeluxe writes in @nytmag’s music issue. “It legitimizes as much as it asserts the value of being yourself — even if that self is thought to be a little off-center.” @kelelam, in particular, explodes the notion that blackness is monolithic, a single Pantone square instead of untold variations. “The goal,” the 33-year-old musician told @nytmag, “is just — how many people can I put on, just so they can name it, even if they don’t know what it is yet?” @erikmadiganheck took this portrait of #Kelela for @nytmag’s music issue. Visit the link in our profile to get @nytmag’s list of the 25 songs that tell us where music is going.