In true London fashion, Kingston-born TĀLĀ has a creative vision that stretches far beyond the capital. The half-Iranian, half-English vocalist – whose first major label EP MALIKA will be released by Columbia on October 21 - has turned to Egypt’s edgy mahraganat movement for her latest release, "Enta Ayez (You Wish)".
Her collaborators of choice are the genre’s founders Sadat and Alaa Fifty (formerly known as Alaa Fifty Cent), who have garnered attention around the world by meshing modern rap and electro grooves with the traditional street music of their homeland, as well as venturing into political subject matter during the Arab Spring. Here, their spitting is relentless and rhythmic, countering TĀLĀ’s slick R&B flow around a new world of money and fame.
The M.I.A comparisons are sure to come thick and fast, but TĀLĀ and co deliver an Eastern promise that’s all their own. Keep your eyes out for more exciting things from her this year, including collaborations with Banks and Turkish songstress Atiye.