Words by Jesse Serwer
Back when Amy Winehouse passed in July, we revisited her forays into Caribbean music in our article, “Amy In The Sun,” and told you about the unreleased album’s worth of reggae-oriented material she recorded in St. Lucia back in 2009. Now, just a little over three months after her passing, word has come that a posthumous release called Lioness: Hidden Treasure is set to arrive on Dec. 5. While it looks to be more of an odds-and-ends collection than a proper LP, there are some intriguing inclusions, like a reggae version of Ruby & the Romantics’ “Our Day Will Come,” a collaboration with Nas, and a cover of “The Girl From Ipanema.” (As well as her already leaked collaboration with Tony Bennett, “Body and Soul”)
It’s unclear which, if any, of the tunes recorded in St. Lucia will appear. But according to Salaam Remi, who was working on material with Winehouse up until shortly before her death and is overseeing the LP, this release will not lead to “a Tupac situation” in which album after album of posthumous material surfaces every year. In other words, Lioness could be Amy’s last musical will and testament. Head over to Okayplayer for more info and a full track listing, and tell us which track you’re most looking forward to.