My first ever music video, for my début single, 'Pourquoi', is out now. Thanks to RubixCube for the audio recording and to JKmedia for the videography.
My second single, 'Different Wave' is now available on all major platforms.
I'm thrilled that it's been played multiple times by Alan Raw 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.
Here's a clip from the track:
Sunday 17 November 2019
The past two months have been the most unbelievable time of my life.
It all started with me being chosen to represent West Yorkshire on BBC Music Day, performing live with The Bradford Youth Orchestra at The Broadway shopping centre.
Then I featured in Bradford's bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.
Finally the massive honour of being one of fewer than 50 UK artists invited to perform at Tobacco Dock in London as part of BBC Music Introducing Live 2019. I'm told that I was the youngest ever to be chosen. My performance of 'Pourquoi' live in session at BBC Introducing was simulcast on all 39 BBC local radio stations and on BBC Radio 6 Music.
I've also been in a Leeds recording studio with the highly successful producer Ben Matravers, creating two new singles for release next year. And I've been co-writing and recording with leading Bradford grime artist Jae Depz.
It's now time for me to focus on my schoolwork, with mock GCSEs under way. So don't worry if you don't hear from me for a while. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'The Terminator'... I'll be back!
I'm a 16-year-old singer/songwriter/rapper from the Holme Wood estate in Bradford, West Yorkshire – a practising Christian with heritage from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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.
My events list is rapidly growing, with gigs this summer at Leeds West Indian Festival and Caroline Street Social Club for Saltaire Festival. There will be plenty more in the future. 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.
“Such a raw talent – a total ‘must-hear’. Musumba’s clearly got a big future.”
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, June 2019
“I just thought what came out of the speakers was brilliant.”
Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music, June 2019
"Highlight of our Shakespeare day was watching Naomie Soda, an incredible young rapper from Bradford, take the mic and steal the show."
Bradford Literature Festival, 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
"...rapper Musumba, the teenager from Bradford who's making massive waves"
Gayle Lofthouse, BBC Yorkshire, July 2019
"We're just amazed that she's under sixteen and super-talented. I don't know... she must have started when she was one, or something."
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire, July 2019
"...she's got her own style. She can sing, she can rap, she can do everything. Shouts out to Musumba."
Faisal Motin, BBC Radio Leeds Grime Up North, August 2019
"Musumba... she's an excellent, excellent artist and for her age as well. She's amazing."
Jae Depz, Kofi Smiles show on Bradford 1Xtra (BBC Radio Leeds/BBC 1Xtra), September 2019
"She's a creator. She raps, she sings... she does performance poetry, she does everything, man. ."
Kofi Smiles, Bradford 1Xtra (BBC Radio Leeds/BBC 1Xtra), September 2019
“Wow, what a voice!”
Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music, November 2019
“She's the future of music in Leeds/Bradford”
Ben Matravers, Leeds music producer, January 2020