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Poppy Ajudha

01 / 07 / 2017
Poppy Ajudha

Poppy Ajudha is one of South London’s fastest emerging talents. At just 21 she has already received widespread support from tastemakers including Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing and Jamie Cullum with her voice being likened to that of Erkyah Badu, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Amy Winehouse.

Growing up in Depftord, where her father owned a nightclub, Poppy was exposed to an incredible selection of soul, jazz, funk and reggae which captivated her from an early age. It is her modern twist on an amalgamation of these early influences that underpins Poppy’s unique talent and provides the soundscapes to her socially conscious lyrics in which she passionately addresses issues including gender, feminism, gentrification and more. Her captivating live show has seen her play venues including London’s Jazz Café, the Southbank Centre, Steez, Singapore International Jazz Festival and Brainchild Festival, and share bills with the likes of Yussef Kamaal, The Comet Is Coming, Ezra Collective, Noname, Ibibio Sound Machine, Tom Misch, Loyle Carner and many more.  

It may be early days for Poppy but rest assured she will be a name on everyone’s lips and the soundtrack to a young, socially engaged generation in the very near future.

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