Meet ONE The Duo, a black mother and daughter country music group
By Alexis Wray
Imagine you’re 12 and your mom is in a Grammy-nominated rap group. They’ve just finished rehearsal after a long day and you’re feeling bold and adventurous, so you take to the stage for your five minutes of fame. Little did you know you would soon be sharing the limelight with her.
ONE The Duo, a country and American music group formed from a black mother and daughter last year after Prana Supreme Diggs, the daughter of Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA, and singer Tekitha Washington of Wu-Tang, convinced his mother to make music. together.
“Before I could even speak, music was the first form of communication between my mother and me. Music is the backdrop to many of our memories and allowed us to see the world together,” Prana told Reckon. .
Their name, ONE The Duo reflects what each of them brings to their sound and how their personalities influence the music: O is observant, N is noetic and E is effervescent.
Tekitha has always found opportunities to include music in Prana’s life. Watching Prana learn lullabies, melodies, and harmonize is among Tekitha’s favorite memories.
“When she was two or three years old, I made up a song that I would sing to her all the time. Before long, she was singing with me and it became one of the first songs she learned to harmonize,” said Tekitha.
Once upon a time there was a girl named Prana, her mom was the queen. She dreamed of the things she wanted and she got it all. All the love. All the joy. Everything and more. Once upon a time there was a girl named Prana, the princess was adored.
Now the band has taken root in Nashville, TN, finding inspiration in the Southern twang of pedal steel guitars, banjos and fiddles. As they embrace rock n’ roll and still find value in genres like hip hop and R&B that Tekitha built their career on, the mother-daughter duo sought to create their own style with sounds that seemed authentic to their personalities.
ONE The Duo also recognizes that stepping into the country music scene is challenging, but their goal is to spread love and compassion.
“Navigating narrow-mindedness gracefully can be quite difficult. When people feel fearful or threatened, a general response will be defensiveness. And in some cases, outright hatred for something they don’t want don’t or don’t want to understand,” Tekitha told Reckon.
For too long, country music has been labeled as a white genre. Music scholars and critics began to refocus on early black Southern influences on the emergence of country music in the South. Today, artists like Brittney Spencer and Joy Oladokun are examples of the diversity that exists within the country music genre.
Prana expresses that ONE The Duo tries not to be reduced to the “newness” of being black women making country music and that they see black country music artists like Charley Pride and Linda Martell as a few legends who have paved the way.
“Also, to put it simply, representation matters. There are many talented black artists of all ages who love country music. They have valuable stories to tell that can unify a divided people from all walks of life,” Tekitha said.
Music has often been a way to bring people together or inspire them. While Prana has followed her mother’s musical career throughout the year, inspiration and a strong sense of self are just a few of the many things Prana gained from her mother’s journey.
“My mother showed me how vulnerability, especially in music, can heal people because it helps them feel less alone about their experiences. There is strength in vulnerability.
This article first appeared in Reckon