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Fri 6 Jul 14:15 - 15:00


Short for ‘I Am Diana DeBrito’. The young singer from Manchester has acquired a following with what she calls ‘urban jazz’. Her inventive vocals and jazz-tinted soul with trap beats and fragments of hip-hop resulted in third place in the “Sound Of 2018” – an annual list by the BBC with new artists who are about to break through. DeBrito’s musical DNA is quite varied: samba, Bob Marley, John Legend, Lianne La Havas, Nat King Cole, etc. Her Afro-European roots play an important role. DeBrito is half Angolan, half Portuguese. The definitive push towards music came from the jazz performances that she gave with her father, saxophonist Manuel DeBrito, in Angola, his native country. The ticket to her initial fame was an arrangement of JAZB, a song by the American rapper and producer Flying Lotus. The single Shade – an absolute earworm – gave her the honorary title of ‘badass new star of UK hip-hop’ last year.

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