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At only 21 musician and Hackney native amahla has tapped into an era before her time to create a unique vintage soul sound.
Having nurtured her voice under the mentorship of the Roundhouse as a Resident Artist and her songwriting as a finalist for Carla Marie Williams’ (Songwriter: Beyonce, Britney Spears) GirlsIRate songwriting competition, amahla is out to create modern classic records.
Old Soul is the lead single from amahla’s debut EP a commentary on growing up in a politically manic world. A recent graduate of UCL with a 1st for her thesis on African American brutality, amahla’s politics is tightly wrapped up with her vivid lyrics and intricate melodies.
In ‘Old Soul’ amahla presents a homage to her greatest musical idols, from Billie Holiday to Stevie Wonder who also shaped the politics of their times.
amahla is active in the live music scene having performed at the Roundhouse multiple time. amahla also made her Jazz Cafe debut in May 2018.
Having reached #1 spot on Radio 1Xtra’s EP of the Week with the track ‘Red Honey’ alongside rapper Shunaji. amahla has already been named as one to watch. Following this, amahla supported Shunaji and the legend Bahamadia at her sold out Jazz Cafe show.
"Old soul is a thank you to a selection of the legends of soul music that I draw influences from. During their time there wasn’t a choice about whether to let their politics seep into their music, it just was. They all gave more to the world than their music and I can only aspire to do the same"
QUOTES | RESPONSE
“It’s a treat to hear such talent” – Matt Tusker BBC Radio 2
“[a] sensational performance by 21 year old Hackney native amahla..with her breathtaking debut single Old Soul” – Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music
“With a unique voice in music and activism, if she isn’t already, amahla will be on your radar soon.” – The Roundhouse, Camden
- AN INTERVIEW WITH AMAHLA -
Who is amahla?
Generally I think i'm a laugh haha, still i'm not afraid to engage with political issues.
Black music FUELS MY SOUL and I want to bring this raw feeling to my music. Like that uncontrollable movement when you listen to James Brown's "Cold Sweat" or when your face screws up when your hear Billie Holiday.
What sets you apart?
I think the tone of my voice is distinctive. You can hear my influences when I sing but I still approach every performance in a way that puts my own mark on it.
Name a song that changed your life:
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)