The forthright and fun-loving collide in Awa Mbaye, the Sydney-based artist whose unbridled energy and unpredictability is self-described as a car crash, only not horrific. Travelling unchartered corners of R&B, Awa’s sonic direction enthrals and echoes Ari Lennox, Tkay Maidza and Jaguar Jonze. It’s a wild course which savours the whacky and whimsical, and Awa dives in vibe-over-matter. Instrumental dimensions of her music come before lyrics or melody in a sonic outfit which feels first, thinks later. Navigating themes of selfhood, self-love and a revivified social contract, Awa is here, on her own terms, with a voice that is smoky and vibrant in equal measure and a groove that keeps on giving.
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