Fireside Chat


60 minsFirst aired 31 Jul 2018
Partel Oliva / Kenzo

After collaborating with Japanese percussionist Midori Takada, the multi-faceted artist and RBMA alum reflects on spirituality and sound.

After learning classical flute as a child, studying art history at the Sorbonne and playing drums in the band Nidada in Mexico City, the artist and musician Lafawndah settled for a time in NY and LA, and is now based in London. Leaving her work at art galleries to commit to music full time, she collaborated with artists such as L-Vis 1990 and Teengirl Fantasy, and toured worldwide with Kelela. Her global ethos has shaped her solo project, which weaves together various threads of electronic music and experimental R&B. Her self-titled 2014 debut EP was recorded on and inspired by the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, and her 2016 follow up, Tan, was released on Warp Records. Most recently, besides working on a new solo album and composing music for film and TV, Lafawndah travelled to Tokyo to work with noted Japanese avant-garde percussionist Midori Takada on a collaborative album, Le Renard Bleu, available this summer.


Interview by Lauren Martin
Written and engineered by Marc Übel
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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