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One to watch: Konyikeh

The 23-year-old London-born singer was on fire alongside Dave at last year’s Brits. Her debut EP showcases a mesmerising voice

At last year’s Brits, Dave’s showstopping appearance climaxed with the rap genius coaxing a solo from his flame-throwing guitar. Yet the first sign that his performance was going to be incendiary came during its opening verse, delivered by an unknown singer with a stunningly bluesy voice, almost terrifying in its throaty power. That’s Konyikeh, a 23-year-old Londoner classically trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, who’s just released her superb debut EP, Litany.

Its five songs provide an array of showcases for Konyikeh’s elemental vocals, displaying her talent at writing for violin, piano or guitar. There’s the Spanish-tinged Sorrow, the first song she ever wrote, aged 13, or the sparse, warm soul of Girls Like Us and Teenage Dreams, which are quietly devastating on the humiliations of feeling stunted in the shadow of other people’s privilege.

Litany is available now via FAMM

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