Marika Bastien

Award: MOBO Help Musicians Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: R&B

Instrument/voice type: Singer - Songwriter

Location: London


Marika was born and raised in London UK, exposing her to a great variety of musical genres and cultures at a young age. Growing up Caribbean meant that music became a very large part of Marika's life very early on. She fell in love with the drum and bass in Reggae, Dancehall and Lovers Rock. Along with the unforgettable melodies in R&B and the heart throbbing vocals on Jazz and Soul. Marika braces these timeless genres in her music, whilst successfully creating an entire style of her own. Inspired by great female musicians such as Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, Brandy, Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige and more, Marika's biggest inspiration comes from God and her own personal journey.