Electronic / Experimental / R&B
Kelela is a singer-songwriter from DC who later ventured to Los Angeles, singing jazz in cafes by day and progressive rock by night. Her move to LA brought with it a slew of helpful resources, connecting her to the electronic duo, Teengirl Fantasy and later London-based label Night Slugs. It was there that she further embellished her sound, drawing influences from the UK dance scene of R&B, grime, and house styles. Her beautiful voice flows well over the alternative r&b and dance records that she makes. Experimental by nature, Kelela’s music consistently blurs genre lines in such a way that you never know what to expect. Her live show is sensual and powerful and not to be missed.
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Genre: R&B / Singer-Songwriter / Soul
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Genre: Dance / R&B / Soul
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Genre: Electronic / Experimental / Pop
From: Berlin, Germany
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Genre: Electronic / R&B / Soul
From: Los Angeles, CA
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