Chikaya

Musician

Name, where are you from?
Chikaya, Out of Space

Describe your style in three words?
Monochrome, unplanned, casual.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Kelela in 2018 is up there because I’m a big fan of hers and was playing her music a lot around that time, so getting to see her sing the songs up close and personal was surreal and awesome.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Nirvana - so I could lose my shit listening to them in a sea of bodies.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - 'cause so many classics.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Personal faves are probs: Post-punk, Indie Pop and Rock, Punk Rock.
Going against the grain to create something new and different, expanding on what's already there and building on it, is influential and inspiring no matter what!

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
My grandma. Sadly she passed away in the ’90s and I never got to meet her. She was a Tribe leader in Zambia, I’m told people would go to her for advice and help. They would bring her chickens and fruit and things haha. She was a strong and smart woman and I wish we could have met and talked about life.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Benji B is the guy, he’s put me on so much music over the last decade through listening to his radio shows, I respect how he’s brought through so many left-field artists and what he’s done for the electronic music scene.


Hotly-tipped alt RnB songstress Chikaya starts 2020 with the release of her brand new single ‘Stargazing’ out on the 13th February. 2019 saw the Bristolian release a trio of singles – 'Castles,’ 'Evolve' and 'New Wave' attracting praise from Complex, Clash and London In Stereo, alongside the likes of Jamz Supernova, Toddla T and BBC Introducing, with Huw Stephens including ‘New Wave’ on his Radio 1 Hot List Ones To Watch for 2020.

Chikaya's new single 'Stargazing' is out now.

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