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Jorja Smith

The ‘More life’ (2017) album by Drake has a track entitled ‘Jorja interlude’. Which says something about the Canadian rapper's take on Jorja Smith. At that time the British singer-songwriter has yet to turn 20 and has only released three singles. Talk about coming in through the main entrance! Smith sings jazz and soul-drenched R&B. Her voice is strongly reminiscent of Lauryn Hill and the sadly departed Amy Winehouse. Not long after Drake singles her out she wins the Brit Critics' Choice Award in 2018. Every year a thousand professionals from the music industry nominate the newcomer who they think will make the biggest impact. ‘Lost & found’ (2018) makes that hope a reality. The album instates Smith as the new paragon of British soul. Minor Belgian connection: Jorja is the niece of Kemar Roofe, the RSC Anderlecht striker.

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