'Deva Mahal sings with a breadth and intensity that stirs the soul. On her debut LP, she offers songs touched by subtle reggae rhythms and classically fresh R&B' (★★★★ Bust)
A powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Deva Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song 'Never Let You Go' on his Grammy Award nominated album Maestro. Deva’s particular brand of soul embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel-tinged vocals, funk rhythms, jazz-like arrangements, and an R&B sensibility. Her undeniable vocal talent never ceases to blow audiences away, and her star continues to rise with her debut album, Run Deep, released earlier this year through Motéma.
Immersing herself in the musical culture of New York City, Deva has had the pleasure of collaborating with Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio, Binky Griptite of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Living Color, and the New York Pops Orchestra, and has performed onstage alongside such legends as Etta James, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker, Bettye Lavette, The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper. In recent years, Deva has toured with New Zealand keyboardist Steph Brown in the acclaimed band Fredericks Brown; renowned for their energetic live shows, rich harmonies, and beautifully crafted songs. Deva made her acting debut in the Academy Award nominated film American Hustle and recorded with composer Byran Senti for the 2015 film The Experimenter.
Support from Bad Honey
Bad Honey (Lydia Clowes & Teresa Origone) came together in London as a keyboard and vocal duo to create the sleepy lullabies and soulful sounds of Bad Honey. Inﬂuenced by a wide range of artists, from Lianne La Havas to Little Dragon to Bon Iver, their sound is a delicate and dreamy combination of pure sounding vocals with vintage synths and bouncing beats, resulting in a delicate and dreamy blend of soul, pop and lo-fi electronics.
Working with producer Count Counsellor, and having co-written some of the new tracks with Tay Salem and KINDER, Bad Honey spent four days at Family Day Studios on the small Norwegian island of Søndre Sandøy, creating their debut 5-track EP ‘Better in Time’, which was released Feburary 2018. It's an organic and unique piece of work that reflects the enchanting intimacy of the very place it was made.
Bad Honey has been active in the London live scene as a four piece band with performances at The Roundhouse, The Waiting Room, OMEARA, The Jazz Café, as well as having played the last festival season (Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Brainchild amongst others). The band was selected as a Roundhouse Resident Artist for the year 2017-2018.