With her gloriously celestial and soulful EP Mami Wata out now, we caught up with Sola to talk Sade, Jollof rice, and book recommendations.

Across Mami Wata Sola’s graceful, vibrant vocals soar with ethereal and spellbinding potency. Augmenting the power in her voice, each track sees Sola craft intricate, impactful soundscapes filled with heady, warped electronica and brooding, shimmering melodic ambiance. Created alone in her bedroom, Mami Wata comprises a strikingly intimate and raw release that exudes a certain magical magnetism.

Speaking on the release, Sola details “I spent more time alone then I had in years, giving me the chance to rediscover a lot of the music I grew up on, especially early productions by Timberland and Pharrell, and how they incorporated sounds from across the world in their work. I wanted to balance this with a darker and mysterious sound. As a collection of songs, I wanted something that represented my multifaceted musical upbringing, from ambient to jazz and electronica and I used my voice to fuse these things together into a more cohesive experience.”

Get to know Sola In Short…

Three words to describe my music…
Mesmerizing mermaid music

Last photo on your phone…
a childhood pic of my younger brothers riding horses on a beach in Lagos.

Favourite instagram account…
@Mowalola

The best venue I’ve played…
I randomly played at Somerset house when I was 15, it’s so beautiful and one of my favorite places in London.

Earliest song you remember…
Do For Love by Tupac was my fav song when I was 3, there are a few home vids of my childhood self singing this awfully.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
Being a sales assistant at Urban Outfitters when I was 16. The customer base could be quite awful so I spent most of my shifts hiding in the dressing rooms.

The thing I most love to cook is…
Jollof rice.

A book I love…
I just finished the Vanishing Half and it’s required reading!!

Things that cheer me up…
Playing the piano and drinking wine.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
The Armory

I think you should listen to…
I’m loving the new Spillage Village album.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Sade

‘Mami Wata’ EP is out now on Future Bounce.