5 Indie Artists You Should Hear – Kelela

“Is there a place for a weird black girl in this music?” – Kelela

Kelela is a Los Angeles-based vocalist and songwriter who was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. To hone her craft, Kelela immersed herself L.A.’s underground street music scene. It was during this period that Kelela developed her forward-thinking and experimental songwriting style that fuses popular and club music and often incorporates odd meter and interesting chord changes.

Kelela’s debut mixtape, Cut 4 Me, is the culmination of a long journey, exploring the space between loss and freedom, and the process of letting go as a catalyst for growth. This deeply personal body of work merges the popular and the unconventional, establishing Kelela’s unique vision for songwriting and production. The 14 track mixtape features work from Fade to Mind and Night Slugs artists Bok Bok, Kingdom, Girl Unit, Nguzunguzu, Jam City and Morri$, melding the collective’s signature production with Kelela’s songwriting. The mixtape also includes a collaboration with composer Gifted & Blessed.

Kelela has toured with Solange, Inc, Teengirl Fantasy and Total Freedom, and is currently crafting her next release.

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