Nigerian-Canadian singer and musician Falana is an electric performer whose music draws from a broad palette of influences, including jazz, soul, 70’s afrobeat and pop. Falana’s cosmopolitan roots makes her music varied in its influence. Growing up hearing her parents gospel music and Yoruba music such as King Sunny Ade, Yinka Ayefele, Lijadu Sisters, she happily recalls her dad singing Fela songs whenever he reminisced about his university days.
But it was Falana’s own discovery of soul growing up, both vintage and contemporary (Etta James, Duke Ellington, Lauryn Hill, Sade, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse) and more alternative artists such as Florence and The Machine, Feist and Bjork that helped shaped her influences. A stint in Havana, Cuba, where Falana studied music and first started recording, allowed her to explore her artistic voice further and helped shape what we hear today.