Ray Blk is a voice for the unheard; her style is raw and she is unapologetic about who she is, where she’s from and what she represents. We hope she continues to grow and remain one of the hottest British Singers out. Her latest track, “Doing Me” which is all over the radio is reminiscent of the songs that distinguish an artist from the rest, just like what ‘Doo-Wop’ did for Lauryn Hill or ‘It Takes More’ for Ms Dynamite.
Doing me has that feel summer good vibe, with a healthy dose of women (self) empowerment and to be honest, it is refreshing to hear a British singer spreading a sound that alleviates herself and her listeners.
Ray Blk’s new song has us feeling supportive and good so here are some Black British singers that we should all know:
The Brit Awards Nominee from East London is known for her unique and distinctive sound. Her funky, soulful and eclectic sound has seen her debut album reach to number 3 on the US dance charts. Nao has also earned Brit Awards Nomination for the best Female Solo Artist in 2017.
The Brit Award winner was one of the most well-known British singers in the 90’s. Her hit song ‘You Gotta Be’ reached to number 5 in the Billboard top 100. Her song ‘Kissing You’ was the soundtrack of the film Romeo and Juliet.
Dame Shirley Bassey was born in Wales and is the daughter of a Nigerian father and English mother. The Welsh singer is known for singing the most James Bond theme songs, 1964’s Goldfinger, 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever and 1979’s Moonraker.
The Ghanaian-British singer is known for her edgy, soulful and powerful voice. Tawiah has toured worldwide with the likes of Mark Ronson, and she has recently released her latest EP – “Recreate” via her independent record label, Lima Limo Records.
Ms Dynamite is a Mercury prize and a double Brit award winner. UK Garage was heavily dominated by men and she was one of the few women who broke down the gender barriers in the urban scene. Her album, “A Little Deeper” showed a deeper side Ms.Dynamite and “It Takes More” the standout single is the British equivalent to Lauryn Hill’s ‘Doo-Wop’ – soulful, raw and conscious.
The soulful vocalist was the lead singer of the dance group, the M people, where she sold over 10 million copies worldwide. If you grew up in the 90’s you could not forget her distinctive voice – who remembers ‘Moving on up’?
“1980 is the year that God that made me, 89 I started to get by!” I remember watching the video on Channel U thinking this song is just dope! Estelle was probably the only singer that could get straight men in the club singing the hook of American Boy with no fear of rebuttable. The west Londoner, singer, writer, rapper and producer took over the UK and the USA, she even bagged herself a Grammy!
Who are the other Black British singers that have made an impact on the scene?
Written by Kofi Dwaah