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FALANA is a Nigerian–Canadian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Raised by Nigerian parents in Brampton, Ontario, Falana’s sound began falling together in her home. Despite describing her parents as “non-musical”, they introduced her to the music of Fela Kuti, and King Sunny Adé. Noting pop’s prevalence at the time, she recalls writing love songs in the “traditional pop” style that she often heard on the radio. But it was upon listening to Lauryn Hill that her powerful and honest writing style really began to take form. As she got into high school, her musical tastes expanded. Sade, Maxwell, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu were added to her playlists alongside Nina Simone, Etta James, and Duke Ellington.
Her vocals have their own distinct texture, power and emotionality that are immediately distinguishable and unique. Her lyrics are Poetic and Poignant, Honest and Raw. FALANA is an artist in the truest form, with an understated sensuality and intelligence that radiates effortlessly. She is a globetrotter and polyglot, guided by creative intentionality.
While still in the process of exploring her artistic voice, Falana decided to travel to Havana, Cuba. There, she spent a year, performing, developing and eventually recording her debut EP “THINGS FALL TOGETHER”. She credits her time in Cuba for leading her to hone a sound that she calls “Soul Fusion”, Her music represents a contemporary fusion of sounds hovering between soul, jazz, afrobeat, and pop styling’s.