Date:02/05/2023 to 02/05/2023
Time:5:00 PM until midnight
About the tour
Amazing Grace and Metropolis Music present:
Nocturne: Raquel Martins, SippRell, Femi Tahiru
23-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist, Raquel Martins moved to London when she was only 17. Raised under the sun in Portugal, she grew up listening to the endless classics from the Brazilian and jazz repertoire.
It was only when she discovered the world of contemporary hiphop, soul and jazz music that she realised she could create something new with all the sounds she had been absorbing over the years.
In only 4 years in the UK capital, she’s already established herself as both a very solid side musician working for established artists such as Poppy Ajudha, Amaarae and Gracey, as well as an artist with a unique voice, at the intersection of modern soul and jazz, reminiscent of Nai Palm, Jordan Rakei or Oscar Jerome, with an added authentic Brazilian flavour that sets her apart.
Her self-produced EP ‘The Way’ caught the attention of the UK scene, with international supporters such as Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum and Dan Digs (KRCW) to name a few.
The EP currently sits at over 500k streams, with editorial support from Spotify and Bandcamp. Jamie Cullum invited her to talk about her EP on BBC 2 as part of his ‘Take 5‘ series.
In Nov 2021, Raquel had the privilege to be invited to Gilles Peterson‘s legendary ‘Brownswood Basement’ for a session with her trio, which led to Gilles booking her for his We Out Here festival in August 2022. Throughout 2022, Raquel played shows in the UK and Portugal including NOS Alive, Wilderness, House of Koko and her first London Headline as part of LJF in Nov 2022.
She also opened for Isaiah Sharkey and Brazilian legend Marcos Valle. Raquel now embarks on her second EP adventure, with first single ‘Fragile Eyes’ dropping mid- Nov and the EP planned for Feb 2023.
Tipped by BBC Radio 1’s Future Soul presenter, Victoria Jane, as One To Watch in 2023, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Sipprell, is fast becoming a staple amongst the diverse and ever popular R&B scene.
As the youngest of five, the South Londoner was surrounded by an eclectic range of music. She honed her craft from a young age, becoming well versed in piano, guitar and violin – the tools she would later use to craft and shape her sound.
Since the release of her Bad History EP, Sipprell has received critical acclaim from the likes of Complex UK, Jamz Supernova, foundation fm, Amazing Radio & BBC Introducing London’s Jess Iszatt and has been widely championed across official Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday UK, Spotify & Chill, Riff & Runs + Galdem – Queens to name a few.
Aside from her own solo material, Sipprell also boasts writing cuts and vocal arrangements on Nao’s latest album, ‘And Then Life Was Beautiful’, as well as performing violin and providing backing vocals for Ed Sheeran at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2021. Sipprell now looks ahead to the release of her debut album in May 2023.
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