NAALA

Participants: Alex Brown, Bettie Riby-Williams, Chris Yeomans, Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou, Happiness Adama, NAALA, Oscar Reynolds, Todd Speakman, Yvette Riby-Williams

Series: Festival of New, Open Space

Ideas explored: developing new work, interactive performance, sound design

NAALA is a London-based singer, song-writer and producer, whose hypnotic electronic RnB sound celebrates her Ghanaian heritage and British upbringing.

At Snape’s Festival of New, NAALA created an immersive synesthetic experience that explores the importance of all senses – in particular, touch, taste, sight and smell – to her music. This concept show builds on ideas that play a huge part in her musical practice and education.

Aside from working with the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Pulp, Benjamin Booker and Bobby McFerrin, NAALA’s own synesthetic experience continues to inform her song-writing and production work (as seen in her co-written track with NAO for her forthcoming album). NAALA’s music has featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1’s Jamz Supernova and she will be in conversation with Edward Adoo for BBC Three Counties Radio about this concept show later in September.

NAALA is passionate about using music and harnessing its multisensory potential to support the creativity of young people, marginalized groups and to help develop community-focused arts projects.