Seasonal Sounds | International Women’s Day
Finally, the days are getting longer (it might be freezing still, but at least it’s light)! We’re dedicating the Spring Edition of Seasonal Sounds to International Women’s Day, so here are five fabulous, female musicians hand-picked from across the UK.
Listen to them, watch their music videos, get to know them, and SHARE. Did you know that for one song play on Spotify, the artist only receives £0.0026…?
If you’re enjoying the music you listen to on streaming platforms, we really encourage you to support musicians by being an active fan. Buy tickets to their shows, purchase records/CDs/digital releases, buy merch, and spread the word about them with your friends – whether that’s by word of mouth or on social media!
By Sophie Ogunyemi & Renée Jackson
1 | ARLO PARKS
We first saw Arlo perform when she was supporting Jordan Rakei on his Origin Tour, and wow, did she smash it!! Her debut song ‘Cola’ “fizzes with original confessional lyrics mixed with a smooth funky groove and a dash of jazz for good measure.” We were hooked from then on out!
2 | LAURA MISCH
Saxophonist, singer, producer, and writer; Laura is a woman of many talents. We last saw her perform whilst she was supporting Alfa Mist’s last tour in 2019, and she filled the stage with dazzling energy. The video below is part three of a film trilogy called ‘Lonely City’, which encompasses improvised live performances, including instrumentation recorded on a rooftop!
3 | JUBA
Juba is a British-Nigerian DJ and radio host, as well as co-founder of London’s Boko! Boko! collective. 2019 created quite a buzz for Juba, and her Boiler Room debut was a perfect blend of afrobeats, Gqom, kuduro, afro house and highlife music. Now based in Berlin, Juba is going to be gracing London’s Jazz Cafe this Friday, 6th March, so do what you can to be there and get dancing!!
The video below is a documentary about obstacles faced by female DJs in Nigeria and beyond, and their defiant navigation around these issues. Featuring Sensei Lo, Dj Yin and DJ Ayizan. Check out her music on SoundCloud.
4 | ISATA KANNEH-MASON
Isata is an incredibly talented pianist and, at only 23, has already had a No. 1 album in the UK classical charts – oh, and it just happens to be her debut album! She’s still studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, but is currently on tour – check out her 2020 tour dates around the UK and get ready for those goosebump moments!
She makes it look so effortless…
5 | EGO ELLA MAY
Ego (pronounced ‘eh-go’) is a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist from London with the richest, soulful, calming voice that you can just sink into. Check out our interview with Ego where we chatted about music inspiration, manoeuvring the music industry as a woman, and the importance of investing in a decent instrument.
Her beautiful video for ‘Girls don’t always sing about boys’ below. We can’t wait for her upcoming album ‘Honey for Wounds’ and to catch her performing live in May – get your tickets here.