Poppy Ajudha’s debut album is a jazz and soul-infused call for change. Across 12 tracks, the London singer-songwriter addresses everything from feminism to colonialism and gender politics. The album features contributions from UK jazz legend Nubya Garcia and production credits from the likes of Wyn Bennett and Karma Kid.
There’s “Demons”, a gospel-infused number about mental health, and “Mothers Sisters Girlfriends”, which highlights the pressures faced by women to live up to societal norms; “London’s Burning” tackles the impact and importance of immigration on British culture, while single “Playgod” is a soulful testament to the power of women. With bold and thought-provoking lyrics, Ajudha’s heartfelt cantor is a powerful rallying cry in an era of global unrest.
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