My third single, 'Drifting', is out now and I'm incredibly proud of it. Many thanks to my co-writer and producer of the track, Ben Matravers.
It's being played across West Yorkshire on BBC Radio Leeds and nationally on BBC Radio 6 Music.
Here's Emily Pilbeam playing it on BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire:
You can stream or download 'Drifting' along with my début single 'Pourquoi' and my second single 'Different Wave' from Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal and other platforms.
I'm thrilled that my music has been played by Alan Raw and Emily Pilbeam on BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, by Gayle Lofthouse on Radio Leeds, by 'Voice of Bradford' Faisal Motin and by Radio 1Xtra's Kenny Allstar and Kofi Smiles. I've been heard on all 40 BBC local radio stations, on Radio 1Xtra and on Radio 6 Music.
My first ever music video, for my début single, 'Pourquoi', is available on Youtube and can be played below. Thanks to RubixCube for the audio recording and to JKmedia for the videography.
Sunday 23 February 2020
My third single, 'Drifting', was released on all major platforms two weeks ago. Last night it was played by Emily Pilbeam of BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire on Radio Leeds. And it's being included in Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape, scheduled for play on BBC Radio 6 Music at 02.00 tomorrow morning.
Please take a listen to it and let me know what you think. Co-written and produced by Ben Matravers, it's very different from my previous two singles. I'm really excited about it!
I've also been doing a lot of co-writing with Bradford grime artist and producer Jae Depz and experimenting with some remixes - more on this later.
I'm a 16-year-old singer-songwriter and rapper from the Holme Wood estate in Bradford, West Yorkshire – a practising Christian of Democratic Republic of Congo heritage.
I've been writing songs and playing piano since I was a few years old and recently started composing and performing in a new way – experimenting with the fusion of Afrobeat rhythms, contemporary feminist lyrics, R’n’B vocals and rap.
My first public appearance was in March 2018 in Trafalgar Square at ‘Million Women Rise’, aged 14. Last November I was invited to support the amazing Brits Award and Mercury Prize nominated Kate Tempest at Women of the World Festival in Bradford.
At the WOW gig I met my sponsor and mentor, singer/songwriter Vanessa Maria and soon started recording tracks professionally. My début single ‘Pourquoi’ was played three times by BBC Introducing on Radio Leeds, on Radio Sheffield and by Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music and is available on all major platforms.
My second single, 'Different Wave', was released on Friday 2 August 2019 on Spotify, Apple Music and other leading streaming platforms. The track has been played several times by BBC Introducing on Radio Leeds with amazing reviews from presenter Alan Raw. It has also been played twice on the BBC Radio Leeds teatime show and twice on Radio 1Xtra and was recently added to 'Voice of Bradford' Faisal Motin's 'Grime Up North Mixtape'.
With the release of my second single and nomination by BBC Introducing, BBC Yorkshire invited me to appear live as part of the BBC Music Day Mashup event on 16 September. This year BBC Music Day is celebrating the power of music for wellbeing and how music can unite and connect us.
At the Broadway shopping centre in Bradford I performed a spoken word piece that the BBC commissioned me to write entitled 'Y O U T H', with the 50-strong Bradford Youth Orchestra playing 'Nimrod' from Elgar's classical 'Enigma Variations'. It was an utterly amazing experience.
As a result of being selected for BBC Music Day in West Yorkshire, I was invited to perform at BBC Music Introducing Live 2019 in London at the end of October. During my three days at Tobacco Dock I was able to attend workshops by some of the BBC's top music broadcasters and to network with hundreds of fellow emerging artists. I also did some freestyle rapping and performed at open mic while in London.
I added to my events list with gigs last year at Leeds West Indian Festival and Caroline Street Social Club for Saltaire Festival, amongst others. There will be plenty more this year. I want to thank my school - St. Bede's and St. Joseph's - for being so supportive and understanding, helping me to balance my GCSE studies with my music.
“I’m telling you she’s on everyone’s radar right now.”
Faisal Motin, BBC Radio Leeds Grime Up North, March 2020
“My current obsessions on the playlist are 'Drifting' by Musumba...”
Hannah Trigwell, singer-songwriter and YouTube superstar, February 2020
“This ['Drifting'] is a superb single... She's going to be a total star, isn't she.”
Emily Pilbeam, BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, February 2020
“She's the future of music in Leeds/Bradford”
Ben Matravers, Leeds music producer, January 2020
“It's all about the voice, isn't it. Gosh, that was an incredible performance there.”
Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing in the West, November 2019
“Wow, what a voice!”
Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music, November 2019
"She's a creator. She raps, she sings... she does everything, man."
Kofi Smiles, Bradford 1Xtra, September 2019
"Musumba... she's an excellent, excellent artist... she's amazing."
Jae Depz, Kofi Smiles show on Bradford 1Xtra, September 2019
"She's got a crazy, crazy voice, man."
Faisal Motin, Kofi Smiles show on Bradford 1Xtra, September 2019
"Oh my gosh! That was amazing! Beautiful!"
Gayle Lofthouse, BBC Yorkshire, September 2019
"...she's got her own style. She can sing, she can rap, she can do everything."
Faisal Motin, BBC Radio Leeds Grime Up North, August 2019
"She must have started when she was one, or something."
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, July 2019
"...Musumba, the teenager from Bradford who's making massive waves"
Gayle Lofthouse, BBC Yorkshire, July 2019
"This girl is so young, so talented and is absolutely a star in the making."
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, July 2019
"Highlight... was watching Naomie Soda... take the mic and steal the show."
Bradford Literature Festival, July 2019
“I just thought what came out of the speakers was brilliant.”
Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music, June 2019
“Such a raw talent – a total ‘must-hear’. Musumba’s clearly got a big future.”
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, June 2019