Paying homage to the legends of soul music: Taken from her debut EP ‘2018’, ‘Old Soul’ is the new single from UK singer-songwriter, amahla

Photo Credit: Saran Ford-White

At only 21 musician and Hackney native amahla has tapped into an era before her time to create a unique vintage soul sound. Having nurtured her voice under the mentorship of the Roundhouse as a Resident Artist and her songwriting as a finalist for Carla Marie Williams’ (Songwriter: Beyonce, Britney Spears) GirlsIRate songwriting competition, amahla is out to create modern classic records.

Old Soul is the lead single from amahla’s debut EP “2018” – a commentary on social violence and inequality. A recent graduate of UCL with a 1st for her thesis on African American brutality, amahla’s politics is tightly wrapped up with her vivid lyrics and intricate melodies.

In ‘Old Soul’ amahla presents a homage to her greatest musical idols, from Billie Holiday to Stevie Wonder who also shaped the politics of their times.

Having reached #1 spot on Radio 1Xtra’s EP of the Week with the track ‘Red Honey’ alongside rapper Shunaji. amahla has already been named as ‘one to watch’ by Jamz Supernova. Following this, amahla supported Shunaji and the legend Bahamadia at her sold out Jazz Cafe show.

amahla’s retro style perhaps fits in your collection between a record from Daniel Caesar and Amy Winehouse.

“Old soul is a thank you to a selection of the legends of soul music that I draw influences from. During their time there wasn’t a choice about whether to let their politics seep into their music, it just was. They all gave more to the world than their music and I can only aspire to do the same”

“With a unique voice in music and activism, if she isn’t already, amahla will be on your radar soon.” – The Roundhouse

Photo Credit: Saran Ford-White

With the backing of Urban Development, Girls I Rate, The Roundhouse and having made her Jazz Cafe debut in May, amahla is ready to inject a new dose of soul into 2018.

‘Old Soul’ is available to purchase from Apple Music and stream from all major digital outlets.

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Credits: Photography by Saran Ford-White

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