From smoky poetry bars to hip hop ciphers, a voice can be heard, a voice that is slowly rising itself up from underground mix tapes to vinyl crates, from stages to the airwaves. Her style is soulful and sweet but yet powerful and strong, she is a vocalist as well as a lyricist and knows how to use both sides of the coin well. If you haven't already heard of Yarah Bravo, It's about time you pay attention.
Though her young age, she has already toured the world not once but twice as the front woman of the touring unit Russian Percussion. She is part of two groups, One Self and B.O.B, as well as being an artist in her own right.
In the past she has helped out at record labels, worked as a studio engineer, designed everything from flyers to hats to bags, studied drama and singing and is now picking up the guitar, and learning production as well, there is just no stopping this woman's creativity! With more than four languages under her belt, she chose the language of music as a way of expressing herself with no need to represent a country or borough, this young lady represents herself to the fullest.
Performances include show's with: Antipop Consortiom, Mike Ladd, Cannibal Ox, Sixtoo, DJ Krush, Talib Kweli, Lone Catalyst, Grand Master Flash, De La Soul, The Herbaliser, Roots Manuva, Task Force, TTC, Dynamic Syncopation, New Flesh for Old, The Gotan Project, Galapagos 4, Bunzen, Fog, Phi Life Cypher, Killer Kela, Skinny Man, Foreign Beggars, Dark Circle, Demolition Man, DJ Hype, Scratch Perverts, Asia dub foundation and RZA from Wu-Tang.
Yarah Bravo Sings The Freedom Song – A friend of mine once wrote a short story entitled "The last free spirits on earth". A tale of two youngsters exploring the freedom of being alive through tying an old television set to the bumper of their 1973 Volkswagen Beetle and careening through the night streets of a quiet suburb letting bottle rockets whiz out the windows periodically as the television skittered over the road, crashing into signs on the turns. Yarah Bravo exemplifies that youthful, exuberant petrol-soaked perfume of life. If the former is the myth of freedom, then Yarah is the reality. As hip-hop continues to reel through so many permutations, and the world seems on the brink of something big, Yarah is still bringing a little bit of freedom to every city she visits. – Carlisle Rogers (InTheMix)
By: Tom Atkinson
Photo credit: 613 Photography
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