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Poppy Ajudha is a 24-year-old singer songwriter from South London. Her unique vocal tone and melodies conjure comparisons to some of the great classic jazz and soul singers. Combining this with her ability to sound fresh and exhilarating sets Poppy apart and places her at the forefront of the South London music scene– the most fertile and important scene in Europe right now. With a Saint Lucian born British father and British mother she grew up with a diverse set of influences and ideas. Musically, while her dad played a lot of Motown and Roots Reggae, her mother familiarized her to rare groove, funky and soul music through the tapes she’d play during long car journeys to visit family. Also through her mother, Poppy was introduced to feminism – independence and strength was felt through the way she bought Poppy and her sisters up. Alongside her love for music, Poppy holds interest in colonialism and its effects in the postcolonial era, gender and the shaping of current social issues as a product of historical perspectives. She is a first-class BA Anthropology and Music graduate from the School of Oriental and African studies. Her studies questioned the western centric outlook through which we view and homogenise music of different cultures, as well as how gender plays a part in the creation and production of music – all of which is epitomized through her lyrics.
July 26, 2018