From the depths of South East London comes rapper and singer, KEYAH/BLU. Rapping with vulnerable innocence juxtaposed with a raw uncensored edge, KEYAH/BLU finds an enthralling esoteric balance between light and dark in her art. With her disparate influences from across the spectrum, KEYAH/BLU marries her own ethereal harmonies and vocals underneath her hard-hitting bars to spin tales of life as a young girl or boy floating through the novel extremities of everyday life.
2018 saw KEYAH/BLU release her first official single 'Sweet'. The video for the track was commissioned by 4:3/Boiler Room and premiered via The FADER. 'Sweet' garnered further press support from CLASH, Dummy, Trench, RWD and more, with radio support from Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra) and Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music).
Keyah's previous live highlights include Boiler Room alongside Jorja Smith and Little Simz, a sold out headline show at Four Quarters in Peckham and supporting Biig Piig at Village Underground. Forthcoming shows include supporting Tirzah at Scala and The Great Escape.
KEYAH/BLU has also previously walked for fashion brand Telfar at their Serpentine Gallery show in association with South African duo FAKA, and was subsequently featured in Vogue and I-D.
With more music set for release this year and beyond, KEYAH/BLU is truly one to watch. Her relatable contrasts define her message, and whilst her innocence may illustrate a sense of naivety, rest assured, KEYAH/BLU wears the trousers in her carefully carved musical lane.
10 May, 2019
Day two of The Great Escape festival in Brighton features a whole host of Primary Talent International artists.
Friday 10th May:
...I See Rivers
...The Intergalactic Republic of Kongo
...Keyah / Blu
...Everyone You Know
...High Contrast (DJ Set)
|10 May 19||The Great Escape||Brighton|
|25 May 19||The Hootananny||London|