California’s forthcoming EP, My Name is Freedom, sees her backed by legendary producer and drummer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney
Richie); ace guitarist Vernon “Ice” Black (Diana Ross,
Anastacia; Babyface); James
Henry and veteran vocalists Larry Batiste, Cornell
Carter and Tony Lindsay. Her recently released
single, ‘Star’, aims to “build bridges and promote positivity
ahead of fuelling hate”, and take a stand for those who have suffered
throughout history. Estelle’s own life experiences of living in a racist
society are amplified by her vocals, passionately expressing her views and
seamlessly fusing musical genres of all nationalities.
Elani is the musical vehicle of Mali based musicians Wambui Ngugi, Brian Chweya and Maureen Kunga.
Having met whilst competing against each other at a music festival in Mali, the trio found that they shared a lot in common and had an inspiring affinity for creating music.
Having already released their debut album Barua ya Dunia, further work from the group has been highly anticipated and now they are back with their infectiously catchy single, ‘Kookoo’.
With a get-up-and-dance afropop style, Elani are a great discovery for those who like their fusion music. The trio appear to work seamlessly together, their vocals blending pleasingly between one another.
Elani have collaborated and worked alongside major artists such as Jose Chameleone and Sauti Sol and have even featured on the Pakistani music television series Coke studio.