March 21, 2023

Artists to follow in 2021

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A Mumbai artist Ambika Nayak aka Kayan, who fronts R&B/alternative act Kimochi Youkai, has also released solo material. Listen to her singles—”Cool Kids,” “Be Alright” and “On My Own.”


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Daughter of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, Saleka is an American R&B singer-songwriter. In fact, her music video “The Sky Cries” was directed by her father. She also collaborated with him in his movie ‘Old’. Listen to her singles—”Remain” and “How Many.”


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Alyssa Michelle Stephens, aka Latto, joined the family tradition as a drag racer before becoming a rapper. She has proven herself to be one of the most intriguing new female hip hop artists in the industry. Listen to her tracks—”B*tch from Da Souf” and “Down.”


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Artists to follow in 2021

Marie-Pierre Kakoma launched herself as Lous, an anagram of soul and the Yakuza meaning loser or outside the norm. The artist came from a war-torn Congo, a post-genocide Rwanda, and Belgium’s rough neighbourhood. At one point in time, Kakoma was temporarily homeless in her late teens.


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Artists to follow in 2021

Vanice Palmer, represents herself as Cookiee Kawaii—cookie is her favourite snack, while Kawaii means cute in Japanese. The artist hails from the New Jersey suburb of Irvington. Since childhood, her parents being DJs exposed her to everything from jazz to techno. Listen to her singles—”Downtown” and “Violin” from her recent album Vanice.


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Artists to follow in 2021

Priya Ragu’s music represents her Sri Lankan heritage. Her parents escaped the Sri Lankan Civil War when Priya was little. She and her brother Japhna Gold, also an artist, were raised in St Gallen, Switzerland, but later moved to Zürich. Listen to her singles—”Chicken Lemon Rice” and “Kamali.”


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Artists to follow in 2021

Sikkim singer-songwriter Anoushka Maskey is known for her melancholic and poignant songwriting and delicate acoustic arrangements. Listen to her singles—”Empire of Fear” and “Eventide.”


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Artists to follow in 2021

Beatrice Laus also known as Beabadoobee was born in Iloilo City, Philippines, and raised in London. At the age of five, she picked up the violin, followed by the guitar at seventeen. Her famous fans include Harry Styles and Taylor Swift. Listen to her tracks “Last Day on Earth” and “Cologne” from her album ‘Our Extended Play’.


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Artists to follow in 2021

Born in Horten, Norway, Marie Ulven, aka Girl In Red, has fans, including Billie Eilish. The artist is also a producer and songwriter. Listen to her tracks—”Serotonin” and “Apartment 402” from the album ‘If i could make it go quiet.’


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Artists to follow in 2021

A hip-hop artist from Mumbai, MC Altaf, who made an appearance on DIVINE’s hit “Mirchi” off his new album ‘Punya Paap’, launched his single this year “Jama Kar”, must listen!


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