Hackney native Amahla
is a prime example of this. After graduating with a 1st class degree from UCL with a thesis on African American brutality, Amahla was mentored by songwriter Carla Marie Williams
(Beyonce, Britney Spears) as a finalist in her songwriting competition.
A year later she was awarded the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize for outstanding emerging female songwriters.
Looking to 2019, Amahla is set to release her full EP mid-February, with a launch event at The Roundhouse, London, on 19th February.
The track tells the story of Amahla's grandmother, a domestic abuse survivor who now suffers from Alzheimer's.
Dorothy's Verses explores what truth is, looking back at her life through the lens of the fragmented memories she has now.
It's a song that's reflective in it"s nature, telling a personal story, while also speaking broadly about the need to amplify women's stories in the era of Me Too.
"Dorothy's Verses" is my grandmother's story of looking at her life through a new lens of Alzheimer's.
"But it's also about the need to hear women speak from their truths.
"We're living through Me Too, a movement where women are reclaiming their stories and pushing them into our collective memories, this is but/just one verse."
Amahla's debut EP 'Consider This' is released on 20th February 2019. CLICK HERE for details.