Falana is a Nigerian–Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Raised in Ontario, Falana’s Nigerian parents introduced her to the music of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Adé at an early age, but it was upon listening to Lauryn Hill that her powerful and honest writing style began to take form. In high school, Sade, Maxwell, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu were added to her playlists, alongside Nina Simone, Etta James, and Duke Ellington. Falana’s vocals have their own distinguishable texture, power and emotionality. Her lyrics are poetic and poignant, honest and raw, with an understated sensuality and intelligence that radiates effortlessly. She is a globetrotter and polyglot, guided by creative intentionality. In exploring her artistic voice which she now calls ‘Soul Fusion’, Falana travelled to Cuba. There, she performed, developed and eventually recorded her debut album Things Fall Together, where she hovers between soul, jazz, afrobeat, and pop.

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