Sunday 10th October
Tickets £8 | 19:30
Shamiya Battles is a self-producing, singer-songwriter from the depths of London. An alt-R&B artist with dulcet tones that takes inspiration from the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder and many more. Shamiya’s strict up-bringing led her to the start of her musical journey where she first discovered music after a rebellious moment when Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman’ appeared on MTV.
Shamiya Battle’s self-produced debut EP ‘Be Myself’ reveals much of her life experiences through songs she had written throughout her teenage years. With her latest single ‘Good News’ telling the story of the challenging year we have all had “Good News is about being flooded with bad news. After seeing black people being killed, loved ones being lost due to the virus, in and out of lockdown, bad news had become the new normal. It seemed “Good News” was at an all time low. My hope for the world, people and for myself was distant. I needed “good news” to believe again that we’d be ok, that justice would be granted and that hearts and minds will heal” Shamiya comments.
The record follows the success of her debut Be Myself EP which has gained attention from many media outlets including BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio London, No Signal, ReprezentRadio, GUAP Magazine and more. In 2021, Shamiya has decided to fully immerse herself as an artist, writer and producer.
with support from Monifé
Monifé, meaning ‘ I have love’ in Yoruba, is a British-born Vincentian/Nigerian raised in East London.
The 24 year old R&B singer-songwriter released her debut track ‘Unreachable’ in October 2019. With smooth and seductive ambience, the ‘old-school-Esque’ single currently has listeners nostalgic.
With the likes of India Arie, Kaiit, H.E.R, Lucky Daye and Sza as influences, monifé has since been working on creating her own sound. Growing up, monifé was always surrounded by singers. More so after becoming a member of Young N Gifted choir for several years, but during university she stopped performing, writing and creating.
After Graduating in 2018, Monifé has fallen back in love with creating, as well as developed the confidence to share it, so watch this space!