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keiyaA is a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in NYC. Raised in Chicago’s South Side, KeiyaA synthesizes her jazz training, R&B sensibilities, and hip-hop upbringing to create new soul sounds inundated with her powerful, sultry voice and dense lyricism. She aims to center the narrative and intellect of the black woman in the late-stage capitalist world.
KeiyaA’s debut album Forever, Ya Girl released on March 27, 2020. Forever, Ya Girl is a nu-soul landscape capturing the life of a Black woman. The project is primarily self-produced, and received a “Best New Music” review from Pitchfork as well as placement on several “Best of 2020” lists. Forever, Ya Girl has also earned KeiyaA fans in fellow artists such as Solange, Earl Sweatshirt, Blood Orange, Moses Sumney, and Jay-Z.
Kara Jackson wants to be dangerous. Wielding her voice like a honey-coated blade, Kara crafts a blend of emotional folk music and poetic alt-country. With the radical honesty of Nina Simone, and the intricate lyricism of Fiona Apple and Joana Newsom, Kara’s writing blurs the line between poetry and song, demanding an attentive ear and a repeat listen.
Jada-Amina (b. 1995) is a South Side Chicago born and based, Black Indigenous American interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker. For Jada-Amina, remembering is the ancestral technology tethering cosmic currents and the ravines of our past. Their sound, video and other collage work exalts the materiality of fragmentation. Transposing the analog and sampling cultural data from both their personal archive and the public domain, they contemplate the potential of the extended portrait as a portal in which spirits transpose the static of the photograph. The speculative and the surreal are deployed to encode the immateriality of memory. Gospel is the promise of a world beyond, tendering alternative melody to the melancholy of postcolonial worlds. Using the hymn as a compass, Jada-Amina hums through the hush harbor, forging new ways of being.