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    Laura Mvula

    From: Birmingham, UK

    So much of the time, artists experimenting with modern music come across as sounding fresh and of-the-moment but they do this by sacrificing timelessness. Laura Mvula incorporates her African-Caribbean heritage with British style and a spirituality that gives her music (and her powerful live show) that is often missing with music that we associate with the word "new." Laura Mvula's music doesn't sound new, it sounds like music that floats gracefully outside of time, and while that puts her in different territory than the buzz bands and hype acts, it also gives her music a weight that other breaking acts usually missing. Her debut album Sing to the Moon is out now.

    TAKING FLIGHT: LAURA MVULA