What is your first musical memory?
I think my first interaction with music was tied to church and gospel music. When my mum cleaned the house, she’d listen to recordings of big congregational choirs. Just running around West African weddings as a child and hearing highlife music was also very impactful.
At primary school, I played piano and violin and sang in the choir. I wouldn’t say it was forced on me, but my grandad was very keen on me being musical. He owned a record label in Ghana.
You grew up in Wembley in Northwest London. How did the area influence your artistic development?
This area is so multicultural, it’s such a melting pot. At school, I’d hear so many different kinds of music. I think that influenced the diverse nature of my style.
More than that, Northwest London introduced me to the importance of collaboration, teamwork, and of everybody having a role to contribute to a cohesive community. The sports I played, and the fact that many of my friends lived in families where they each had their own chores, made me aware of the beauty of people working together towards a common goal, maximizing each other’s potential and creating an environment where everyone can be enriched, loved, and comfortable. This is something I try to apply to my life and music.