We believe that we are known by what we do, and a lot of what we do is inspired by the experiences we have, the art we look at and the music we listen to. This list of artworks are a tribute to those whose music has transformed our work, evolved us as people and brought out the best in us. #WhatMakesUsGoWhoaMama
James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer-songwriter. Most recognised as the lead vocalist of the Doors, Jim Morrison stood out due to his distinctive voice, eccentric personality, live performances and lyrics.
Morrison was said to embody hippie counterculture rebellion and is regarded as one of the most iconic frontmen in rock music history.
At Whoa Mama, we’ve listened to tracks like ‘The End’, ‘Riders on the storm’, ‘People are strange’, ‘Hello, I love you’ and more on repeat as we’ve worked our way through some tiring days. To us, ‘The Lizard King’ will always stay alive in our walls and in our hearts.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) was a trumpeter, composer, singer and actor, who became one of the most influential figures in jazz.
In the five decades of his career, he moved through different eras in jazz history from 1920-1960 and was one of the first popular African-American entertainers whose skin colour was secondary to his music at a time where colour was an issue in America.
Satchmo has taught us to ‘keep smiling, so the whole world smiles with us.’ To us at Whoa Mama, this stands true always.
Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett (January 6, 1946 – July 7, 2006) was an English musician. Popularly known as one of the founding members of ‘Pink Floyd’, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter and then began his solo career in 1969
Pink Floyd wrote and recorded several tributes to him, like ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ which will always remind us of Syd.
Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American musician and actor. Chester won people’s hearts right from the time he became the lead singer for ‘Linkin Park’, after which he was part of Dead by Sunrise, Grey Daze, and Stone Temple Pilots.
His lyrics and music will always be cherished and remembered as one of the top rock vocalists of the 2000s.
Amy Jade Winehouse (September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011) was a singer and songwriter who was the first British woman to win five Grammy’s. Inspired by her family of jazz musicians, Amy Winehouse revived jazz for an era where people didn’t listen to it much. She was known for her spunk, retro style, her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.
As we play and sing all her hits on repeat, we’ll cherish her presence in the music industry and power through the long days.