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Sónar: FKA Twigs

Although her first two EPs showed great promise, nobody expected Britain’s FKA Twigs’s first album (simply entitled “LP1”) to reach the level of excellence it achieved, appearing in 9 out of 10 ‘best of 2014’ lists (in many of which she was number one). Her breakthrough is great news for the pop world, too often devoid of figures with her personality, versatility and talent and she will come to Sónar having transformed into a global star.

FKA Twigs -whose real name is Tahliah Barnett- is a complete artist. The daughter of a Jamaican jazz dancer, she dedicated herself to professional dancing as soon as she hit her teens, appearing in videos for Kylie Minogue and touring with Jessie J. She started to produce her own material at just 16 years old. Originally known as Twigs, FKA was added (short for “formerly known as”), as another singer already existed with the same name. She began to compose, create beats and sing, and her first release “EP1” was an exciting combination of dark electronica, pop and future r&b. It was released in December 2012, along with her first videos (one of which was directed by Jesse Kanda), helping to share her powerful image on the world stage. Her second EP was produced in tandem with Arca, arguably one of today’s most interesting young producers. It soon became abundantly clear that this was no ordinary artist with her unique ability as a singer, producer, instrumentalist, arranger and video producer (for herself and other artists). “LP1” counted on input from Sampha, Blood Orange, Paul Epworth, Clams Casino and Arca, but her powerful personality and voice prevails, and is the dominant force of her sound. At 22.45h at Sónarpub.