Fantastic news, 19 year old singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri has now been confirmed as part of the CirKT programme, and will be performing at All Saints Church on 14 November alongside Glossii and Time Dilation Unit.
Based in Croydon, she is the youngest in a large family, and the only child born in England rather than her native Zimbabwe.
Her family’s traditional Zimbabwean values meant she sometimes felt isolated from her cultural surroundings. She found solace in writing and recording music. Her limited exposure to pop music and her self taught singing/guitar meant she developed a totally unique style.
At the age of 17 she wrote an EP and recorded it on her laptop using a £20 microphone, mixed it on her mum’s laptop and dropped it on Soundcloud. The EP is aptly named ‘Bedroom Tales’, and saw support from BBC Introducing pretty much instantly, establishing Rachel as an act to watch. She is continuing the develop her style.
In this period of social distancing and isolation, making musical connections has never been more important.
Before we get stuck into our 2020 programme, let’s take a look back at how it all started.
Our autumn programme has now come to end. This is what you missed!