You’d have no idea GRRRL only met six days before if you’d watched the powerful live performance on Wednesday night.
The seven-piece all-female band converged from different corners of the world to perform at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in the heart of Soho for their first ever live gig.
The group is described as “a bespoke electronic music collaboration between independent, revolutionary women artists from around the world, coming together to tell their collective stories of life, conflict, inequality and change through music”.
Charity In Place of War brought them together to the UK
The CEO Ruth Daniel said: “They’re packed with purpose and have a message to tell.”
GRRRL’s music drawing on their different cultures and musical styles combines sounds of dark techno, ghetto bass, hip-hop, dancehall, reggae, soul and electronica.
And musical direction of Brazil’s Laima Leyton, one half of DJ duo Mixhell and member of Soulwax directed it.
The band include:
Speech Debelle – 2009 Mercury Prize winning rapper
AWA – African Women Arise – Zimbabwe’s Rapper Queen
Lei Di Dai – ‘The Queen of Brazilian Dancehall’
Wiyaala – ‘The Young Lioness of Africa’
Nono Nkoane – Original Nu-Jazz and folk singer from Cape Town
Sohini Alam – British Bangladeshi singer
MABE – DJ & percussionist from Caracas, Venezuela
AFRODEUTSCHE – British born Ghanaian electronic artis
Collaborating with so many women from different countries makes you get to learn and experience each other’s worlds, makes you learn, share and inspire each other as well.