The Hackney-Native explores some important themes..
Every now and again an artist comes along that’s just completely, of their time. Totally relevant to the feelings of a people, and an exceptional songwriter to boot.
We may have found just that in rising songwriter Amahla. 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 for 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.
This year sees Amahla release her full EP in mid-Feb (We’ve listened and trust us, it’s incredible) – The first single is “Dorothy’s Verses” – The track tells the story of Amahla’s grandmother, a domestic abuse survivor who now suffers from Alzheimer’s. Amahla states:
“Dorothy’s Verses” is my grandmother’s story of looking at her life through a new lens of Alzheimer’s. But it’s also about the need to hear women speak from their truths. We’re living through Me Too, a movement where women are reclaiming their stories and pushing them into our collective memories, this is but/just one verse.
You can catch Amahla performing at The Roundhouse, London on 19th of February.