Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

In Rotation: Shi Wisdom

...I love R&B/soul music, real hip-hop, story-telling, jazz influence & all around strangeness. Every album, I try to evolve my sound. Listening to records like this inspire & encourage me to commit to my ideas & follow through with my visions.

Given her strong fan base and serious radio play, it's surprising that this R&B artist and classically trained musician, hit the scene just three short years ago with her first single 'LoveSpeak'.  A combination of musical pedigree (she's a level 8 classically trained pianist at the Royal Conservatory of Music) and raw talent  – her very first solo headlining concert sold out in less than 24 hours in her hometown of T.O. While it's difficult to neatly fit her unique sound into an identifiable genre – jazz, soul, R&B or alternative – it appears that the musician would have it no other way, “When we put labels on things as well as people, we bind them to those ideals and leave them no room for growth. And without growth there’s no evolution”. Today Shi shares an exclusive playlist with The Style House – the tunes and artists that have influenced and inspired her. You may also find her super popular single 'Easier' after her playlist.

  • Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
  • Natural Mystic – Bob Marley
  • Supernatural – KING
  • What Goes Around – NaS
  • Crucial – K-Os
  • The Distant River – Cocaine 80s
  • Music – Brandy
  • Lover Gone – Peggy Sue
  • ATF – DMX
  • Out My Mind, Just in Time – Erykah Badu

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