With her latest work being described as 'a seminal piece of art', 'ethereal' and 'killing', Zola Marcelle is a name you will undoubtedly hear more of. Her bass & vocal EP done.undone.redo is produced, co-written and mixed by herself with a list of collaborators to boast about. This is the first of its kind.
Born (quite literally - her mother's water broke) and raised in church, Zola began her musical journey in what she describes as a safe and ruthless space. At age 11 her sister introduced her to a recording studio where she laid down a verse with a world artist by the name Peter Mawanga on his song ‘Heal The Pain’.
At age 17 she would MD, organise and play admin for her own headline show ‘Jazz Through The Years’ and get her first gig as BV at the Jazz Cafe. Before university Zola had sung at venues such as Wembley Stadium, O2 Islington, The Royal Albert Hall and countless others with various outfits.
It's at The Leeds College of Music that Zola met and played with some of her now long-time friends and musical collaborators such as Aron Kyne (Shingai, THABO), Geo (The Hics, Shingai, Lianne La Havas), Ashley Henry and Hunrosa (Cinematic Orchestra).
In 2018 Zola teamed up with producer and exceptional keys player Aron Kyne to create her debut EP entitled A Peaceful War. This piece of work came laced with thick, complex vocal chords, heavy beats and virtuosic synths and keys. The pair had worked together on that project for a few years.
Now, 2 years later, Zola has just released her second EP with a unique concept of solely bass & vocals. This EP has been given the nod by various musical peers such as Gilles Peterson, Ezra Collective, Femi Koleoso, RCRD SHOP and others. In addition to being the Drake YolanDa Award recipient in 2019, she has been awarded the Help Musicians/MOBO Trust award in this year 2020 also. This is truly just the beginning for this talented, ambitious artist!
Zola is currently guest vocal for Ashley Henry’s live shows whilst preparing for her own live shows, hopefully returning 2021.