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Nod to the Storyteller

by Nadirah Shakoor

An eclectic mix of Pop, Southern Rock, Carribean, adult contemporary, jazz and Soul. A tribute to her employer of 13 years Jimmy Buffett Includes 7 Jimmy Buffett songs, an Eric Clapton song, one by Art Neville and 2 of Nadirah's originals.
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1. Creola
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2. Why You Wanna Hurt My Heart
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4:08 album only
3. Makin\' Music for Money
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4:04 album only
4. La Vie Dansante
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3:51 album only
5. Give Henry the Receipt
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5:43 album only
6. Let Him Go
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4:11 album only
7. Frenchman for the Night
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4:25 album only
8. Margaritaville
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4:21 album only
9. Open
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4:40 album only
10. Son of a Son of a Sailor (with Jimmy Buffett)
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3:47 album only
11. Volcano
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4:22 album only
12. When this War is Over (with Jimmy Buffett)
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13. People Call me Jesus
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14. Wonder Why We Ever Go Home
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Album Notes
What do Al Jarreau, Madonna, Arrested Development, Janet Jackson & Jimmy Buffett have in common? The soulful vocal styling of Nadirah Shakoor!

At the tender age of five Nadirah told her parents she wanted to” be a singer like Diana Ross”. Her family migrated from Texas to California where she studied commercial voice and went on to become one of the premiere session singers in Los Angeles and a much sought after back up singer for major tours.

In 1992 she joined the Grammy Award winning Hip Hop group Arrested Development as the featured female vocalist and was nominated for a Grammy with the success of their 2nd album. Nadirah joined Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band as a back up singer 1n 1995.

“Nod to the Storyteller” is Nadirah’s tribute to Jimmy Buffett who for the last 13 years has featured her as a part of his show. Buffett fans (affectionately known as Parrottheads) have come to know and love Nadirah and claim her as their own. The CD includes Nadirah’s interpretations of popular Buffett songs like “Margaritaville”, and “Volcano”. Also notable are two duets she sings with him including “Son of a Son of a Sailor” and Eric Clapton’s “When the War is Over”.

Nod to the Storyteller was recorded using three different bands one of which is lead by acclaimed slide guitarist Sonny Landreth. The producer, Mac McAnally a recent inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame contributed two songs to the project and Grammy Award winning songwriter/percussionist Ralph MacDonald contributed “Creola”, a collaboration with Buffett about family life on the Louisiana Bayou.

Nadirah Shakoor has been a star behind the stars for many years. Nod to the Storyteller is an eclectic musical journey, with its release Nadirah’s own star shines brightly for the world to see.


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phyllis young

Nod to the storyteller
this cd is awesome!(as I knew it would be) I have been a parrothead for many years. I love every song on it and listen to it everyday. thank you Nadira!


this is one of the best albums and touching I've heard.her voice is like an angle.A few of my favorites(all) but to narrow it down would be Makin' Music for Money,Give Henry the Receipt and Creola.If positive and love is what your searching for "Nod to the Storyteller" should be part of your collection.Much love...

Paul Leslie, Time After Island Time

Shakoor's new album makes the music come alive.
With Nadirah Shakoor's Nod to the Storyteller, she proves that a good song or story has a life of its own and these songs will continue to live in the imagination of the dreamer for many years to come.


nod to the storyteller
Stellar! I have been following your work for years. However, "Nod to the Storyteller" is your best work yet. "When the War is Over" is great. "Open" is genious and captures the essence of both Jimmy Buffet and Nadirah Shakoor. I will be listening for awhile.


Best album of '08
Dear fellow Nadirah fans I'm writing to inform you that if you want to hear a great spiritual album Nod to the Storyteller is the best album of the year.Nadirah has put her heart and soul into this album.This album is a must have.The songs on this album are very heartfelt and touching.

Ronald Jackson

Nod To The Storyteller
This CD will take you from one culture to the next, the music is so diverse I'm sure everyone will love at least 3 songs on this CD. I love them all especially the story on how she gathered the songs. I'm looking forward to the next project.


Obsessed With Peace, Vol. 1
There are so many songs on here that I love. As a painter I've creating numerous projects and pieces while listening to this CD. The vocals, lyrics and the composition is great. Music like this dont get air time. It's unfortunate but that's the nature of the music business. Nadirah should be up there with all the other greats but she's never grace the stage half naked and she use disrespectful langauge while creating music. Thank you for puting out great music.


nod to the storyteller
Very good version of Jimmy Buffett tune my favorites are Give Henry the Receipt,Volcano & Making Music for money. Wish you the very best on your ned cd


Nod To The Storyteller
From Creola to Wonder Why We Ever Go Home Nadirah's interpretations add a soulful twist to Buffet fan favorites. My personal favorites on "Nod" are Why You Wanna Hurt My Heart,Give Henry The Receipt,Let Him Go,Open and When This War is Over. Looking forward to Nadirah's next work of art ...Peace & Blessings ~ Phinns Up!