It’s been a good day at Colorlines.com and so it’s only appropriate we share a song with you that includes lots of bells and hand clapping.
Singer and pianist Laura Mvula was born in the UK and raised with myriad musical influences. Jazz came courtesy of her father, gospel via the church on Sunday and classical music through training in violin and piano from the age of 10.
She studied for four years at the Birmingham Conservertoire, where as well as gaining expertise in composition she acquired the name Mvula from her Zambia-born husband Themba Mvula — she’s had the African blogosphere laying claim for a minute, but she’s a daughter of the diaspora.
Her debut studio album, Sing to the Moon, will be released in the U.S. on May 14th, 2013.