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Long biography

Musumba (Naomie Soda), is a 16-yr-old singer-songwriter of Congolese heritage, who lives and attends school in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Musumba writes lyrics, plays piano and guitar and sings a mix of R’n’B vocals and rap within individual songs. She has been causing quite a stir since her career was launched with her début single ‘Pourquoi’ in June 2019.

Short biography

Musumba is a 16 year old singer-songwriter of Congolese heritage from Bradford in West Yorkshire who writes lyrics, plays piano and guitar and sings. She describes her art as a fusion of African rhythms with contemporary feminist lyrics, R’n’B vocals and rap.

Media comments

Quotes from:

Alan Raw, BBC Introducing

Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
Bradford Literature Festival

Gayle Lofthouse, BBC Yorkshire
Faisal Motin, BBC Grime Up North

Media articles

Articles and features in:

Yorkshire Post

Bradford Telegraph & Argus

The Bradfordian

and on the BBC News website

Past events

A list of gigs and media interviews/performances to date. Upcoming event details can be found on the website Home page



Recording music

My first visit to a recording studio was in January 2019 when I recorded my début single 'Pourquoi' and follow-up 'Different Wave' at RubixCube Music Labs in Bradford. Recently I have been working with Ben Matravers in Leeds and Jae Depz in Bradford, writing and recording new tracks for release in 2020.


Live on radio, performing and being interviewed.

© Naomie Musumba Soda, 2020