Magortu Margai aka Mags is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter, born in Sierra Leone and now hailing from London's East End, set to detonate onto the mainstream. In 2015 Mags unveiled her three part series of singles, 'Roots', 'Etta James' and 'Neighbourhood', which showcased her strong ability to write lyrics which are in turns vulnerable, provocative and perfectly delivered in Mags' distinctive silky vocals. Mags has picked up strong radio support from the likes of Radio 1's MistaJam, and Radio 1Xtra's Jamz Supernova, which in turn led to her track 'Neighborhood' becoming the Weekend Anthem as part of Records of the Week on BBC Radio 1Xtra at the end of 2015.
The civil war in Sierra Leone brought Mags to the UK aged 6, to the influential sounds of throwback hip hop and noughties R'n'B, where she went on to attend the prestigious Italia Conti Academy Of Theatre Arts - the world's oldest theatre arts training school. Here she found an outlet for her aptitude for the arts and swiftly gained a wealth of industry interest from a young age with her unique, sultry sound and impressive vocal ability.
Wary to avoid the treadmill of interchangeable singers, the past year has seen Mags busy in the studio songwriting and developing her sound alongside the unparalleled support from industry heavyweights including legendary music producers Paul Wilson and Andy Watkins (Absolute) and collaborating with emerging talent including Alex Elliot and Jay Warner (Disturbing London).
It's the raw potential in Mags that's most appealing; not just in the individuality she brings to her distinctly unpolished, dark pop but also as a songwriter with as much natural ability to write a catchy hook as she does personal and haunting lyrics. We expect big things to come from East London's hottest new export.