Wallace laments on the “Diaspora” in new Nigerian funk inspired track, produced by Crooked Letter
New Zealand-born future-soul singer Wallace is back with her first offering for 2017, “Diaspora”. A collaboration with Sydney producer and vocalist Crooked Letter , “Diaspora” is created on a beat that samples Nigerian funk. Stemming from an exploration of his parents’ homeland, Jerry Agbinya aka Crooked Letter delves deep into African-inspired sounds as Wallace sings of her own diasporic experience, with her Scottish father living in New Zealand.
New Zealand has been a strong breeding ground for neo-soul artists over the years, with names like Kimbra, Electric Wire Hustle, and Fat Freddy’s Drop all gaining international acclaim. With all that rich history filling her veins, (now) Sydney-based Kiwi Wallace might just be the next in line to find success.
“I wanted to highlight the connection that we both feel towards places where we didn’t grow up”, says Wallace on the track. “We bonded over the idea that looking back at our roots gave us a sense of affirmation and appreciation for what makes us who we are“
“My Granny Gollan has always joked that if my dad was any further away he’d be on his way back. Back being Dundee, Scotland, which he left when he was in his early twenties. So excited to have his beautiful voice make a sneaky cameo on the track.”
Who is Wallace?
Wallace is a refreshing talent, whose music is a mosaic of jazz, blues, hip-hop, and soul. Her trademark jazz-influenced, soulful vocal and magnetic presence are a marker of a dynamic artist who vibrantly creates music which showcases her absorbing vocals and clever songwriting.
Wallace’s talents have seen her working with Dutch legends Kraak & Smaak , Australian hip-hop upstarts Thundamentals, touring and creating with young Australian rapper Sampa The Great, laying vocals over beats by Adventures of Godriguez , and working closely with producer Simon Cohen . Wallace has toured with Little Simz (UK), Lemaitre (NOR), and has been the national support of the most recent Ngaiire and TKST tours. She has played to crowds at Australian festivals such as; Listen Out Festival, Lost Paradise, St Kilda Fest, Hills Are Alive.
Keep an eye out for her debut EP later this year. In the meantime; you are bound to like this mysterious soulful track, be sure to let us know your thoughts below.
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