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#IT2023 GUAP: LIVE NIGHT

Following their three-day songwriting camp, with producer YKKUB at the helm in the Talent House studios, GUAP presented us with a Friday evening of live music. A curated event featuring some of GUAP’s favourite emerging artists from London, we got to witness future stars on the rise…

Atlas Azure @atlasazure
Khalil Madovi @khalilmadovi
Bina @binaofficial
Dessireé @dessireedessy
LESiA @lesialand_
Elsa @elsa.wav
Isaiah St Jean @isaiahstj
DJ Stay Wavey @stay__wavey

Hosted by: GUAP/ Elsie Ayotunde Cullen (Community, programs and events manager @guapmag).

GUAP is a youth-led new media platform dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and celebrating emerging diverse talent.

First up was Isaiah St. Jean, a singer who had smooth, airy pop R&B vocals, while another song he performed had more of a spoken word vibe to it.

Elsa is a soulful songstress who’s raspy vocals captivated the audience for two tracks.

Lesia, a female rapper, got a wheel-up from the crowd as soon as her first few bars reached the mic. The clever wordplay combined with her energetic and versatile flow had the crowd going nuts.

Dessiree’s aura calmed the audience and her music definitely soothed our soul. Her next two songs took inspiration from Afro sounds as her ethereal tone glided on top of the production.

Following on, we had Atlas Azure whose mellow flow floated over the minimal production. His cadence gripped the audience as did the storytelling in his bars. His next track was more upbeat and the audience remained captivated.

BINA. was next, her rich tone acts as the perfect instrument for her quaint lyricism that often feels like a diary entry. Her stories are elevated through her enchanting melodies.

To finish the night off, Khalil Madovi’s combination of singing and rapping made the audience fall in love. Shades on, he looked like a star as his suave stage presence matched up to his slick vocals.

Overall, GUAP gave us a night of artists to remember. GUAP also filmed a documentary about the process, where they spoke to the artists about their experience, capturing behind the scenes of the writing camp and some gorgeous performance shots of the night.

Documentary by Shane Duncan @shaneduncan1
Video & lighting by Kunstraum Productions @kunstraumlondon
Videography by @Abdulisms @AfronautZu

Words: Kat Friar

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