Already tipped by the BBC as an artist to watch with a Glastonbury set under his belt, all without an official song released, there’s no doubt that Sekou has monumental heights in sight. Discovered in 2021 by the founders of Good Soldier Records via a video he filmed singing in a car park and now releasing music via Island Records, 18-year-old Sekou Sylla is already one of the most anticipated debuts of the year.His rich, bass-filled vocal is one of the most unique to emerge in recent years, and it stuns with raw power and emotion over the striking yet stripped back piano arrangements of single ‘Better Man’.As an only child, raised on a diet of classic power vocalists such as Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan, music always served as a place of imagination and catharsis for him, even before he knew what that meant.While his peers were listening to music that filled the charts, he was diligent in uploading covers and immersed in the world of old school music, imagining himself on stages.Between his soulful mahogany tone, raspy passion and instantly affecting, addictive nature of his songwriting, his potential to join the big leagues of British pop stardom is significant, especially at such a young age. With fans in the likes of Sam Smith, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, and Leon Bridges, Sekou has gained early support from tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1, Spotify, and COLORS. Amid cross-Atlantic demand and soaring global ambitions, Sekou is one to watch as he begins to build his musical legacy one track at a time.

Better Man | Live at Other Voices UCC (2023)
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