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When ESKA's self-titled debut album was released in April 2015 on Naim Label, the BBC Radio 6Music tastemaker Gilles Peterson proclaimed ESKA "the finest UK singer", The Guardian dubbed her "enchanting... inventive" and The Independent called her "one of the most idiosyncratic and original talents". The Zimbabwe-born, London-raised musician and songwriter took five years to make her album - "a mind-bending gem" (The Observer) - it was worth the wait.
A singer whose unique voice has adorned the albums of such original acts as Nitin Sawhney, Courtney Pine and Tony Allen, ESKA's been in high demand in recent years. But her own music is something else; imagine the psyche soul of Minnie Riperton, unexpected, whimsical melodic twists of Kate Bush and ornate detail of folk legends Pentangle arranged in an intoxicating meld, and you're only getting close. ESKA has been compared to Joni Mitchell, earned plaudits from influential radio DJs Lauren Laverne and Don Letts, performed live sessions for Radio X and Radio 3's Late Junction, and had everyone from The Times to hip dance music site Boiler Room in a lather.
ESKA made headlines with an electrifying performance at Rick Owens' controversial Paris Fashion Week show. With the album now ready to drop in Europe, she's about to set the continent aflame too, with unmissable live dates at Salzburg, Austria's Jazz & the City event on 25th October and at The Hague, Holland's prestigious Crossing Border festival on 14th November.
In the UK she's set to play Liverpool's new Soul Fest on 24th October, the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham on 18th November, and at Milton Keynes' The Stables on 26th November, before a triumphant London return within the majestic environs of the Islington Assembly Hall (27th), and a spotlight show at Norwich Arts Centre (28th). It's a chance to see this celestial talent where she excels: in the live domain. Time to discover just why ESKA has been getting so much attention...
24th Oct - Soulfest Liverpool
25th Oct - Festival Jazz & City Republic Salzburg, Austria
14th Nov - Crossing Border, The Hague, Netherlands
18th Nov - Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham
26th Nov - The Stables, Milton Keynes
27th Nov - Islington Assembly Hall, London
28th Nov - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
23rd Jan - Turner Sims, Southampton