Manchester, England's Josephine Oniyama cites Fela Kuti, Odessa, The Isleys and King Sunny Ade as influences in her music but also Joanna Newsom, Johnny Cash, MGMT and Iron and Wine. Forthcoming full-length Portrait (October 8, ARK U.K.) promises an equally eclectic mashup of styles. "At school it was all about indie but when I went home it was African," admits the 29-year-old. "The rhythms and subjects were totally different to the Manchester sounds. I never try to cram all these influences in, hopefully they just come out in a natural way." A prior label deal and a pair of EP's behind her, Josephine has been collaborating with writers and producers such as Ed Harcourt and Jimmy Hogarth (Corinne Bailey Rae, Sia), creating eclectic but grounded art/pop and neo-soul/folk that's both sweepingly dramatic (the sublime "When We Were Trespassers") and undeniably catchy ("What A Day").
Josephine - "What A Day" (from the album Portrait)
Josephine - "When We Were Trespassers" (from the album Portrait)