Mahalia Live, Brixton

Fancy seeing UK sensation Mahalia live at the O2 Academy, Brixton in May? Peter Gray previews one of the most eagerly awaited gigs of the year.

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Mahalia Burkmar, or just plain Mahalia to her fans, is making some serious waves in the music industry right now.

In 2019 alone, the singer was nominated for a Brit, included in the BBC’s Sound of 2019 list, as well as winning the YouTube’s One To Watch award. Nope, Mahalia is certainly not hiding her light under a bushel right now.

Indeed, if you add the singer’s recent US tour with fellow soul star Ella Mai, then you can probably tell that this is one artist who likes to keep herself busy. If it sounds like the singer is about to take a break, however, then think again – nothing could be further from the truth. Mahalia is clearly just getting started, with a string of gigs and live appearances planned for 2020 & 2021. Fortunately for us, as part of her upcoming tour, the singer will be performing at the O2 Academy, Brixton in May 2021.

Mahalia began writing songs when she was just a child. A precocious talent, the singer had penned a record deal (with Atlantic Records) by the time she was just 13. An EP, Head Space, followed a year later. However, it was not until 2017, with her single Sober, that the singer began to make her breakthrough.

The song, about Mahalia’s tendency to drunk dial an ex, blew up, becoming the singer’s most streamed song to date. Musically, Sober represented a departure from the singer’s previous acoustic guitar heavy offerings. Built on a deep, bouncing bass and a whip crack beat, the track appealed to a much more urban crowd and became a huge hit in clubs. 

Mahalia followed Sober with a string of similarly groove laden tracks, with Do Not Disturb and Simmer amongst the highlights. The latter, a fierce two stepper which sampled Jeremy Harding’s dancehall classic ‘Playground Riddim’, features rising Nigerian star Burna Boy. The track proved yet another big hit for the singer, while reinforcing her reputation for producing quality r’n’b.

Mahalia has also a couple of EPs’ (Headspace, Diary Of Me) and one album (Love and Compromise) in that time. 2019’s Love and Compromise, a collection of dazzlingly powerful r’n’b tunes which includes the Burna Boy duet, reiterates in the most emphatic terms possible that Mahalia is one of 2020’s artists to watch.

Mahalia will be playing live at the O2 Academy Brixton on the 1st of May 2021 at 7pm. More information about the gig can be found here.

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-London's Best Events-
What: live music
When: 1 May 2021
Where: O2 Academy, Brixton
Website: Mahalia Live