Date: Monday 11th February 2019
Venue: Zigfrid Von Underbelly, Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
Time: 7.30pm doors - 11pm
Host: Monikah Lee
Toronto via Lagos singer Falana, draws from a broad palette of influences, including, R&B, afrobeats and pop.
Growing up she heard her parents playing gospel and Nigerian artist such as King Sunny Ade and Fela. But it was Falana’s own discovery of soul (Etta James, Duke Ellington, Lauryn Hill, Sade, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse) and more alternative artists such as Florence and The Machine, Feist and Bjork that helped shaped her influences.
A stint in Havana, Cuba, where Falana studied music and first started recording, allowed her to explore her artistic voice further and helped further shape what we hear today.
It’s this notion of old meets new that threads through everything Falana does whether that be her effortless penchant for fashion or through the genre-fusing music she creates and performs with her powerful vocals and unique instrumentation. Her lyrics like pages from her diary are intimate and direct, but delivered with power and meaning. She sees her work as the intersection of contemporary and vintage, both sonically and visually - where the old meets and inspires the new.
Gilly Heller is an artist from West London with dreams bigger than himself. Gilly is a unique and focused creative that bares no boundaries when it comes to his vision and mission to encourage the youth of today to chase their dreams. With his passion to inspire and influence using both his personal experiences and his music he is a talent and force to be reckoned with.
Gilly – formerly known as Londonscurious, has previously released an EP trilogy that reflected his developing visions and dreams. However he is dropping his first short EP under the artist name Gilly Heller and is ready for the world to know his sound.
Loveday is a teenage singer and producer from the Midlands bringing with her a lo-fi, electro-pop sound that is influenced by the honest day-to-day life experiences of a girl her age—first love, friendships, adventure, and growing up in the world.
Loveday’s debut single, “Close”, released in April 2018, is a perfect encapsulation of this— straight-up lyrics coupled with an honest yet forward-thinking production. Her debut single and music released since, has received support from the likes of BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1xtra and BBC Radio 6, among others. Expect lots more music, remixes, videos and live shows throughout 2019 from Loveday!
Ruth Kokumo is a soul singer-songwriter based in Birmingham,where you can find her regularly singing alongside her guitar soloor her band. Her soulful voice is a nostaglic taste of AmyWinehouse and Nina Simone. She takes inspiration from genresthat she grew up on like reggae and ones she's found along theway such as jazz. Ruth recently released her first single 'Conquer' online which smoothly captures the emotions witnessed at her live performances.
Kalada, born in North West London and now based in Hertfordshire, is an upbeat, fresh and vibrant emerging artist.
Kalada is unique at his ability to combine gritty rap verses with soulful melodies displayed in his ‘Summertime Fine’ release. The visuals that accompanied this song garnered over 40k views on YouTube and continues to grow.
His latest single ‘Get It’ released on GRM Daily shows that he can consistently produce bubbly sounds which will grow his audience.