Sol Village UK Edition, Ray Blk, Kara Marni, Mari, NanaBcool
Show Time 10:30 PM
Music By: The Collective
Ray BLK, real name, Rita Ekwere, is telling her story on her own
terms. The 24-year-old South Londoner grew up in Catford/Lewisham
via Lagos where she lived until she was four.
In school, she describes being “huddled in a corner with the boys, and
someone would be playing a grime beat off of their Nokia phone”.
Buoyed by her love of grime beats in the playground of Bromley’s
Bones Pastor school from local grime crews Nu Brand Flexx, she
decided to start her own schoolyard band called New Found Content,
(“terrible, terrible name!”) made up of her and three boys, one of
which was artist and schoolmate MNEK. They continued to
collaborate for fun, in and out of school in his dad’s garage.
With a fierce independent spirit, powerhouse vocals and an exciting blend of UK R&B and soul, 21-year-old Kara Marni has swiftly taken flight and perched herself at the top as one of the UK music scene’s most exciting new artists. The music, an effusive and reverential blend of R&B and soul funk, is all tied together by Kara’s incredible, emotive and powerful voice.
In just a short amount of time, with her debut EP the North London-based singer songwriter has garnered more than 15 million streams, picked up support from Annie Mac and Radio 1, who made her single “Move” BBC Introducing’s track of the week in January this year, and has been championed by the likes of Vogue, Hunger, Complex, Pitchfork, Apple, Spotify, BBC 1Xtra, Wonderland, and Beats 1.
Her current single ‘Lose My Love’ sits on the B-List at BBC 1xtra, last year she sold-out 3 London headline shows, she has secured a string of festival performances this summer (including a sought-after slot at the world largest music festival Glastonbury) and is confirmed to support this years BRITS Critics Winner Lewis Capaldi at Great Escape. Next Week Kara announces her debut UK & European Headline Tour in October 2019 and drops her new video.
Chicago-born artist and producer, Mari, is currently making his mark on the Atlanta music scene. Influenced by versatile artist-producers like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, and vocalists such as D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and André 3000, Mari is already known for his “lyrically rich raps, melodic choruses, and spacey, soulful instrumentals” and rounds his sound with soul and funk elements.