For all the listeners, hello and thank you for joining me! I was going through my archives recently thinking about how much I miss performing live and I found this audio - an interview conducted by the wonderful Vanessa Maria with me before my EP launch where me and the band performed We Fly live for the first time. Listening back it was such a joy to hear a crowd and remember what it was like to be in a room full of people and the energy that comes with it and I realised that in particular is one of the things I've missed most in this pandemic. So I thought it would be the perfect way and time to introduce myself.
In this episode, we talk about the process of writing We Fly, why it was so important for me to put my feelings to song and what it is to be a mixed race woman in Britain, looking at identity through music. It's then followed by a live performance of Blackbird (mentioned by Lydia in the last episode) which is wonderfully rough around the edges because heck it was live!
It was such a special evening, looking out into the audience and singing songs written from the heart to such a beautiful crowd of diverse people. Special shout outs to Dionne who also sent me a voicenote the next day which made me cry that I also found and chucked in at the end for good measure.
This was my last proper gig with the band before the world closed down and I feel very blessed to have it recorded and to be able to share it with you now for anyone who wasn't able to make it on the night.
Links from the episode can be found below:
But a CD!! - https://ngaioamusic.bandcamp.com/merch
Watch the Blackbird Music Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx6DgjiD1Fs