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Introducing: Kah-Lo

Friday 13 April 2018
Words Matt Zara

2016 saw Kah-Lo’s track with Riton, ‘Rinse & Repeat’, become one of BBCR1’s Top 1o most played songs of the year. In 2017, that same track was Grammy-nominated for Best Dance Recording. With a debut album due to release this year, expect exciting things from the Lagos native.

With radio play from Annie Mac, Julie Adenuga and more, it’s time you got to know a bit about Kah-Lo. We caught up with her ahead of what’s set to be a big year to talk Kanye collabs, afrobeats and how her brand of electronic music goes down back in Nigeria.

Do you remember how you reacted the first time you heard one of your songs on the radio?

I remember just being really excited! There’s no feeling like it. I still get those similar feelings now when I release music. It’s a good feeling to have, I don’t really ever want to get used to that.

We’ve seen you compared to everyone from MIA to Lady Gaga. How would you define your sound?

My sound is so varied. I have so many different influences and I could be making a variety of different songs at once. At the moment, I’d say it’s house music though. But really, it’s just feel-good music.

You’ve mentioned before that Lagos is still relatively unfamiliar with electronic music. How has the reaction been to your music back in Nigeria?

They’re becoming a lot more accepting of electronic music in Nigeria I believe. The culture is shifting all the time. Afrobeats is always going to dominate because that’s just what we do. But the African diaspora is helping the country try new things. So many artists from Nigeria are heading to London to do music and so many UK artists are coming to Nigeria to get a taste of what we do. It’s interesting.

Do you think it’s important for an artist’s music to reflect where they come from?

For me, absolutely! I definitely struggled in the past with my accent and wondering whether people would understand it. For a while I did try to mask it a little bit but Riton encouraged me to use it more. He’s really admires the culture and respects what we do and what we’re about.

Your fellow Nigerian Grammy nominee Wizkid shot to prominence in the UK after appearing on Drake’s ‘One Dance’. Is there any artist you’d love to collaborate with? 

If we’re talking Nigerian artists, it would would be Wizkid, but a Kanye or Rihanna collab would be epic!

Who are some other Nigerian artists we should know about? 

If you don’t already know, Mr. Eazi is one you should definitely know about. I also really like Ajebutter22, and there’s a new wave of Nigerian artists breaking out like Odunsi, Bella Alubo, Joules and Nova.

Now you’ve got an idea what Kah-Lo’s all about, give ‘Fake I.D.’ a listen below.