SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3 | SESSION #0043
Amahla delivers an authentic and raw, acoustic performance of her recent single ‘Dorothy’s Verses’ in the live room of Studio A a Copper Brown Studios. Her music has a dark, sultry jazz vibe with modern undertones that sits comfortably amongst the work of Nico, Cécile McLorin Salvant + Lauryn Hill.
AMAHLA - Dorothy's Verses | #043
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You could forgive a lack of creativity in youth culture in 2019. The palpable uncertainty of issues like Brexit, immigration and women’s rights threatens to douse the flames of creativity in the next generation. But in times of hardship, authentic voices, stories and creativity can always thrive.
Hackney native Amahla is a prime example of this. After graduating with a 1st class degree from UCL with a thesis on African American brutality, Amahla was mentored by Songwriter Carla Marie Williams (Beyonce, Britney Spears) as a finalist in her songwriting competition. A year later Amahla was awarded the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize fSOor outstanding emerging female songwriters.
Amahla then closed 2018 as a recipient of the second ever MOBO Awards X Help Musicians Grant for her exceptional voice. Making industrious use of her community Amahla has cemented her reputation as one to watch for 2019.
The young artist has already performed at legendary venues such as The Jazz Cafe and Camden Roundhouse and The Royal Albert Hall. She also featured on the co-written “Red Honey” alongside Bronswood future bubbler Shunaji. The track landed the #1 spot on Radio 1Xtra’s EP of the week, where Amahla was named “One to Watch”. The next step was to begin releasing music from her solo project, with the first single “Old Soul”, garnering support from BBC Radio 1Xtra, 6Music and a number of tastemaker online media. The follow-Up “Dorothy’s Verses’, has since been supported by the likes of Complex UK and Earmilk.
This February, The young songwriter is looking to expand on her growing fanbase with her first full EP project, alongside a sold-out launch event at London Roundhouse. Rarely does an artist so effectively capture the voice of a people as well as Amahla does in her debut project. The release ebbs and flows between the arresting and poignant acapella styles of “Consider This” and “These Times I’ll Wait”, and the neo-soul influences of “Old Soul” and “River”. On the release, Amahla demonstrates a storytelling ability long beyond her years, exploring issues of Domestic Violence, Race, Class and inner city life. It’s a culturally important release, with an undeniably talented songwriter at its core.