03 Jan Got Zest: Why you should start stanning Falana ASAP
Music and style have always been intertwined. Not only in how certain songs or albums dictate our moods, lifestyle or outfit choices as listeners but also how we perceive the artists that create them. For soul-fusion singer Falana – just like Erykah Badu, Kelela and Solange before her – there is a respect for style and an understanding of the power that it yields in creating that image of an artist as well as the music itself. Here are a few reasons why you should pay more attention to the soul singer:
Her Hair: Since the release of her debut EP in 2014, hair has gone through changes enhanced with a little black girl magic. Those puff locks are a dream.
Her love for and taste in Culture: A true global citizen, having been raised in Canada and lived in Cuba and Nigeria. She doesn’t come off as an appropriator but a purveyor. She speaks and sings in multiple languages, and her influences include King Sunny Adé, Fela Kuti, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill.
Music: She personally describes her soul-fusion sound as her very own blend of jazz, soul, afrobeat and R&B. If you haven’t listened to her EP, Things Fall Together, then I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. It’s a collection of songs inspired primarily by her travels to Havana and filled with honest lyricism, lush melodies as well as organic feeling and sounding production. It’s a fresh take on afro neo-soul and only a sign of things to come. The artist has been teasing new songs at different festival appearances throughout 2017 and her debut record is sure to make her a star. Her debut album is going to be one for the books.
Her personal style: She is unapologetically herself when it comes to her sartorial choices and not one to shy away from bold prints and punchy colours. Plus she’s Vogue-approved, when will your faves?
all images: Falana’s Instagram Page
all videos: Falana on Youtube