Born in Zimbabwe and raised in London, KWAYE, an upcoming singer-songwriter between the scenes, delivers an undeniable virtuosity in all-new, ethereal Love & Affliction EP.

Some might say it’s pure destiny that the 22-year-old artist signed his first record deal in the back of an Uber with Mind of a Genius, the UK label backing house artists ZHU and Gallant, and simply put – they’d be right.

A divulgence of personal musings, Love & Affliction embodies a superlative blend of R&B, neo soul, synth-pop and indietronica as KWAYE proves the ultimate chameleon.

His incredibly diverse musical style is both aberrant and invigorating, while his seraphic vocals in “Paralyze” resonate the likes of D’Angelo, before flickering flames with rock refrain “Made For It“.

Not only is he a must-watch artist, but everywhere from an emboldened aesthetic and unparalleled compositions, to an unprecedented range effortlessly brought to light by his inimitable voice, KWAYE manifests a genre all of his own.

Listen below.


At only 19 years old, Jorja Smith has already attracted major attention to herself in the UK. So much so, in fact, that BBC Music has placed her at number 4 on their “BBC Sound of 2017: The Top Five” list. What’s more impressive is that she was able to make this list with only one official project. That project is a 5-track EP she released this passed November titled Project 11.

            Although Project 11 was her first EP, Jorja has enjoyed some success due to some powerful singles including “Blue Lights”, a track inspired by the life of crime, which she wrote when she was 17. The music video for “Blue Lights” is chilling and expressive, and, according to Smith, the song’s artwork was done by a friend. She also showcases more of her “DIY” skills with her music video for “Where Did I Go” which was recorded on her aunt’s staircase.

Now, as she continues to spread her wings, she plans on using them to fly over to the United States and make a few new additions to her fan base.  Two of the shows will be held in NYC while the other two will be in California. Her first show is a free VEVO event that will be held at Greenpoint Terminal and will include performances from 070 Shake, Kiah Victoria, and AJ Tracey as well.

Overall, Jorja Smith’s passionate vocals, thought-provoking content, and creative pen game are a lethal concoction that make her long-term success that much more inevitable.

Take a listen to Project 11 below. Also, check out her interview with BBC here.

Written by Devin Robinson Jr.