Award: Develop Your Skills (Transmission)

Year: 2018

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Singer-songwriter

Location: Scotland


Hailed as a “true original” (The Guardian), Zambian-Scottish singer-songwriter Namvula continues to mark her presence on the world music and jazz scenes of the UK and beyond. Creating intrepid new worlds, she crosses musical boundaries with evocative lyricism, continually defying artistic categorisation. Set to a backdrop of a pan-African musical consciousness, Namvula draws from her Zambian roots and London’s eclectic music scene, effortlessly marrying the traditional with the contemporary, to transport listeners into different worlds whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil. 

With two critically acclaimed albums under her belt, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including late legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and local Zambian singing legend Maureen Lilanda. She tours with a stellar band of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including Mercury-nominated bassist Liran Donin and saxophonist Chris Williams, and percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal, Sona Jobarteh).