Award: MOBO Help Musicians Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: R&B/Soul

Instrument/voice type: Singer-songwriter

Location: London


Demae Chioma Wodu (fka Bubblerap and ⅓ of Hawk House) is a London-born, singer/songwriter and producer who draws a unique line between the grit of inner-city London soul, interstellar Flying Lotus electronic rushes and the influence of Dilla mixed with flecks of London’s exciting jazz-influenced sounds to make something completely fresh and new.

Her debut solo effort, 'Life Works Out...Usually' was released in 2020 via burgeoning London-based label/movement, Touching Bass and re-established her as one of the most exciting voices within the UK. Over the course of eight tracks, it beautifully unravels like a soulful coming-of-age story celebrating black joy, self-empowerment and life learnings, doubling up as a soothing antidote to the year’s turbulent times.

The much-loved project connected with old and new fans alike, making appearances in numerous ‘Best Records of 2020’ lists, gaining support from a host of tastemakers and fellow soul luminaries and leading to a performance on coveted music platform, COLORS.

Demae was previously one-third of hip-hop adventurists, Hawk House, whose introspective, eclectic style was reshuffling the rule book for UK-based rap, quickly making them one of the UK’s most exciting emerging sounds and earning fans from Mac Miller and Ghostpoet to Wretch 32 and Jill Scott.

In a previous life, she also built a notorious reputation and following on Soundcloud for creating imaginative covers, demos and flips of tracks under her Bubblerap alias. From Minnie Ripperton and MNDSGN to Missy Elliott and Andre 3000, the tracks have racked up over a million plays.

In more recent times, she has also become a fundamental part of Fatima’s touring band as a backing vocalist since the release of her much loved second album ‘And Yet It’s All Love’.
I feel really honoured to be apart of the 'MOBO Help Musicians Fund'. 2020 has been such a trying time for everyone, especially Artists. We have had to change the way we create and perform in such a short space of time.

I'm very excited to be attending the 'Using Intuition to Manage Uncertainty and Stay Inspired' development sessions.This support has come at the perfect time for me having just released my first EP via independent Record label Touching Bass. I think it is especially important now more than ever to use your intuition and think on your feet considering the times we live in. By attending a session such this from organisations such as Help Musicians. I truly believe this will help to unlock my power to stay innovative and inspired.

Receiving this support really demonstrates to me that we can still create opportunities for one another as a community by keeping each other inspired. The MOBO Help Musicians Fund has restored my confidence.