“spine-tingling dynamism… the a cappella trio transformed Breakaway Records’ quiet, coolly reserved temple of vinyl albums and prized soul-funk 45s, into a rough-and-tumble place of worship…”


“Simply put, “Understanding” is gospel like it’s meant to be: Praise lifted skyward in song. Smith’s towering voice, buoyed up by the harmonies of Taylor and Daniels, creates an indelible sound that is deeply human in its approach to the divine.”

–AM New York

Continuing a journey that began eight years ago, Daptone Records is proud to announce the release of The Como Mamas’ Get An Understanding, on February 5, 2013. The album is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Daptone gospel compilation Como Now: The Voices of Panola County, Mississippi. The Como Mamas, who have been singing together in church since they were children, are: Ester Mae Smith and sisters Angela Taylor and Della Daniels.

Daptone Records has a track-record of bringing immensely-talented but previously lesser-known performers like Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens to a wider audience, and they have clearly come upon another revelatory vocal force in The Como Mamas. As label founder Gabriel Roth – who executive produced the album with label co-founder Neal Sugarman – explains, “Whether you’re talking about hip-hop, country & western, blues or Mozart, all music tries to do the same basic thing: put feeling into sound. The Como Mamas do that just about as close to perfect as you can.”

Como Now and this latest Como-related release were both produced by sound recordist Michael Reilly, who first visited Como, Mississippi’s Mt. Mariah Baptist Church in 2005.

Regina Folk Festival 2018. Be there.