Shirley Tetteh

Award: Peter Whittingham Development Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Jazz

Instrument/voice type: Guitar

Location: London


Shirley Tetteh has become a rising star of the UK Jazz scene. She is a member of the Jazz FM Awards nominated septet Nérija, winners of the 'Jazz Newcomer of the Year' category at the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, who released their debut album on Domino Records in August 2019. She is furthermore a member of Maisha, whose debut album released in November 2018 on Giles Peterson’s ‘Brownswood’ label was nominated for the 2019 Worldwide FM Awards ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ category, and SEED Ensemble, who were nominated for the 2019 Mercury Award with their 'Driftglass' album. Winner of the 'Jazz Newcomer of the Year' category at the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards herself, finalist for the 2017 Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musician of Competition and having accompanied such notable musicians as Gary Crosby (OBE), MOBO award winners Moses Boyd, Zara McFarlane, and alto saxophonists Nathaniel Facey and Camilla George, as well as critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist Courtney Pine (CBE), Shirley has likewise begun showing great abilities as a left-of-centre pop songwriter and producer. In October 2018 she released her first song ‘Speedial’ under the artist name Nardeydey, and was promptly highlighted in the Gaurdian’s ‘Tunisian techno, Xitsongan rap and Satanic doo-wop: the best new music of 2019’ article December 2018 article alongside viral artists King Princess and Saweetie. Nominated for the 2020 Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year Award with such notable musicians as Mark Kavuma and Binker Golding, having additionally made Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 ’Next Wave’ artist pick with her second single ‘FreeFalling’ in January 2019, whilst being played multiple times on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6 Music and Worldwide FM, Shirley Tetteh in her many guises is one to watch!
The Peter Whittingham Development Award is helping me to record a collection of original music composed by myself inspired by the study of Brice Wassy’s music, in particular, the album “N’Ga Funk”. I will interpret the sound through the lens of modern post-punk, in the vein of bands such as Black Midi and Black Country, New Road, as well as utilizing post-production to include electronic elements, overdubbed guitar and percussion.