Ask Kadhja Bonet about her past and she'll tell you she "was born in 1784 in the backseat of a sea-foam green space pinto". Judging solely on Bonet's "era-blurring, soul-smothered compositions" (Okayplayer.com), you may even be inclined to believe her. But with songs as achingly pure and stunning as Bonet's, does context even matter?! !
The multi-instrumentalist songwriter independently released her debut, the 'Visitor' EP, on September 15th. A collection of five originals by Kadhja (pronounced Cod-Ya) plus a cinematic retooling of a Jaco Pastorius standard, 'Visitor' is a sonic journey of cosmic jazz with dashes of neo-classical and soul. Bonet led the project by writing, arranging, and producing 'Visitor's songs, and performed a collection of instruments including violin, viola, flute, and guitar; she shared production duties with Grammy-nominated engineer Itai Shapira (Lion Babe, Selah Sue), who provided additional bass and guitar work.
A 2014 Red Bull Music Academy participant, Bonet has already caught the ears of global tastemakers such as: Gilles Peterson (BBC 6), Nick Luscombe (BBC 3), and Jason Bentley (KCRW's 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'). In a review for Bonet's rendition of the Beatles' 'Yesterday', HillyDilly.com declared: "The word 'ethereal' gets tossed around way too easily [...] and because of that, we've grown hesitant to use it at all. However, with Kadhja Bonet's absolutely gorgeous cover [...] there's no way one can't attach the word to her performance."
Armed with a compelling debut and timeless voice, Kadhja Bonet is poised to have a breakout year in 2016, with her second EP to arrive next spring. Bonet recently completed a fall European tour supporting Rhye.
19 Oct, 2018
Kadhja Bonet will tour Europe during October.
See her artist page for full details.
06 Sep, 2018
The Primavera Club will take place in Madrid & Barcelona from 26th - 28th October, and features the following Primary Talent artists.
31 May, 2018
Kadhja Bonet's new album 'Childqueen' is premiered exclusively on NPR, and released on 8th June. Featuring the single 'Another Time Lover'. Click the link below to listen.
25 Apr, 2018
Kadhja Bonet's new single 'Delphine' is premiered in Complex, taken from her forthcoming second album 'Childqueen' on Fat Possum / OBE.
21 Sep, 2017
Kadhja Bonet, filmed live at the L'Edition Festival in France.
02 May, 2017
Kadhja Bonet will tour Europe throughout October & November 2017.
28 Mar, 2017
Kadhja Bonet performed several sessions at the BBC 6 Music Festival in Glasgow last weekend, which were broadcast on these programmes.
Lauren Laverne (at 19 minutes)
Shaun Keaveny & Vic Galloway live at St.Lukes (at 1hr 52mins)
Tom Robinson live at St.Lukes
22 Mar, 2017
Last night Kadhja's live session went out on Jamie Cullum's BBC Radio 2 show, she performed 'Honeycomb' into 'Fairweather Friend', followed by 'Tears For Lamont' into 'Nobody Other'. The session airs from the 25-minutes through to the 38-minute mark.
She also received a spin for 'The Visitor' on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6 Music show.
18 Feb, 2017
Kadhja Bonet premieres the new video for her track 'Fairweather Friend' on DIY. Taken from her current mini-album 'The Visitor'.
See her on tour throughout the UK & Europe during March.
23 Jan, 2017
The Crookes, Kadhja Bonet & Law Holt will all be appearing at Outlines Festival in Sheffield, over the weekend of 3rd / 4th March 2017.