“...fuses shimmering, understated and folkishly beauteous melodies with hypnotic and rhythmic North African finger picked guitar. The result is a little like I would imagine the sound of Nick Drake being produced by Fela Kuti and John Renbourne. A unique and breathtaking combination.”
— Jolyon Holroyd, South West Music Producer of the Year, 2015
“"Music that simply couldn't be any easier on the ears"”
— Miniature Music Press
“"Love it, love it, love it" ”
— James Santer, BBC Introducing, Radio Devon
Kaya Street Press Kit
Combining elements of soul, dub reggae, west african guitar, country and electronic music Kaya Street breaks with the conventions of commercial music to embrace a multi dynamic, bold and compelling sound.
As an acoustic/semi acoustic act...Kaya Street (formerly Kiah) brings you beautiful ballads, soulful melodies and a distinct West African guitar sound. Fused with the delicate use of delay pedals the live performance is haunting and intimate. This is hypnotic folk/country/acoustic music for those who like to listen!
As a electronic act...'Kaya Street Soundsystem' brings you big baselines, afro-reggae beats, psychedelic samples and trippy dub delays using Abelton Live and Kaoss pad vox. Often accompanied by regular MC's and vocal collaborators, live horns and percussion. This is hypnotic dance/dub reggae/afro-beat music for those who like to move!
As a band...Kaya Street fuses the best of the above and throws in wailing electric guitars, heavy brass and funky grooves on top. This is hypnotic afro-reggae/soul/indie music for those who love a live show!
With the diversity described above Kaya Street is perfect for venues and festivals, big and small, ranging from mid afternoon to the early hours of morning and in support of a multitude of different musical styles.
This is music made with a broad passion to be heard and heart felt....