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October 29th 2021 —Today, GRAMMY-nominated R&B star Mahalia has unveiled the remix for her latest single, ‘Roadside’ of which features Global rap sensation AJ Tracey on the original. Enlisting Africa’s latest prodigy Rema and Gen Z rising star Ayra Starr, the remix offers a refreshing new take on the already adored high-octane single.
Rema has fast become one of the most exciting stars in global music -hailed for his unique genre-bending and avant-garde style. At just 19 years old, Ayra Starr is making waves as one of Nigeria’s most promising new voices, developing a huge name for herself across the globe.
Following on from ‘Whenever You’re Ready’, Mahalia’s sizzling release earlier this year, ‘Roadside’ is another head-bop-inducing track produced by British duo The Elements.
“I’m so excited about this remix I could scream. I’ve been a fan of both Rema and Ayra Starr for a little while now so being able to get them on this was unbelievable. They blessed me with their magic and I can’t wait for you to hear what we’ve made” – Mahalia says of the remix.
In addition to new music, last month Mahalia was nominated for her first ever Ivor Novello award for her 2020 collaboration with UK lyricist Pa Salieu for his single ‘Energy’ and subsequently will conclude the year with her rescheduled headline show at London’s prestigious venue, O2 Brixton academy – detailed dates listed below.
2020 marked a year of achievement for the Leicester-born star. Starting the year with her second BRIT nomination, Mahalia featured on up-and-coming fellow Midlands rapper Pa Salieu’s debut mixtape, ‘Send Them To Coventry’, whilst also gracing the tracklist of Headie One’s #1 album ‘Edna’. Subsequently, Mahalia also received a GRAMMY nomination for ‘All I Need’ – Jacob Collier’s single of which she features alongside US rapper, Ty Dolla $ign. Shortly after, Mahalia concluded the year with three MOBO nominations for ‘Best Female Act’, ‘Best R&B/Soul Act’ and ‘Album Of The Year’ for her debut album, ‘Love and Compromise’, winning in the first two categories.
Besides the awards and nominations, it’s also been 18 months of deep personal growth, one that Mahalia describes as a real rollercoaster in her personal and professional life. Reflection has been the thread running through Mahalia’s writing and while the current global situation offers little more than uncertainty, the singer hopes that her music will encourage her listeners to carve out time to also look back and re-evaluate: “We’re all fixated on how we can make ourselves better during and after this period of time but I want people to also reminisce on lovely or painful situations they’ve lived through and how they’ve helped shape the people they are now.”
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