East London singer songwriter Sula Mae will be launching her debut single ‘Blind ’at an event to challenge attitudes towards female musicians at London’s 93 Feet East this February.
Taking place on Thursday 23 February (just ahead of National Women’s Day on 08 March where this year women are being asked to ‘be bold for change’) the event entitled ‘Songbirds’ is being hailed as a campaign to celebrate technically gifted female musicians.
With Laura Mvula recently declaring that we are living in the "Donald Trump time of music", while Lady Gaga has spoken about how she ‘really wanted to be taken seriously as a musician for my intelligence more than my body’ during the early part of her career * the event is aiming to become a platform to challenge these attitudes.
There has long been discussions from music industry experts and celebrities’ alike calling for women to be recognised in all aspects of the industry. Female performers should be recognised for their musicianship rather than the fulfilment of a stereotype of ‘girls girl, wronged woman or unattainable sex-bot which is claimed to be empowering’ as Charlotte Church put it in her lecture on sexism in the music industry.
Event organiser Rami says ‘With almost 90% of the rock n roll hall of fame being made up of male musicians we need to move on from pigeon holing female musicians by image and understand that good musicianship is all that counts.’
Sula Mae has been described as having "More soul than a shoe shop"; ‘Blind’ was born after Sula Mae first picked up the ukulele to use as a release for an awkward situation with a male colleague. A self-taught musician, who is influenced by the jazz greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. She used her voice to sing how she felt, and thus the songs were born. Considering herself ‘greedy with genres’, she combines her catchy pop melodies in a trip-hop vibe.
She will be joined on stage with range of female musicians who are excelling in their fields including:
Polly Money - Twenty years of age and Cornish through and through.Her debut EP saw her play to crowds of 80,000 supporting Muse while other support slots include Gabrielle Aplin, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Newton Falkner.
Bee Bakare - Bee Bakare is a Nigerian-born British soul singer-songwriter. Her music is recognisable by the deeply rich and warm contralto that features in her sound and she has just won the Future Music Songwriting competition 2017.
Elisa Imperilee & Srigala - Long-term collaborators and childhood friends Elisa Imperilee and Srigala debut EP ‘1 o’clock club’ is named after the club in Brockwell Park where they met as toddlers. Born and bred in Brixton, the EP is a melting pot of genres including soul, R&B, jazz and hip-hop. They have already secured a fan in Giles Peterson.
Sula Mae’s single launch takes place on 23 rd Feb 2017 at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6QL.
Doors: 19.00. FREE ENTRY