Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, an artist and performer of Irish and Sierra Leonean origins who grew up between Maynooth, County Kildare in Ireland and West Africa.
She returned to Ireland this year after starring as Mary Magdalene in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican, London in 2019. With her unique blend of Afro-folksoul, she released her debut EP This Heart in 2017 followed by an entire EP of remixes in 2018. She has featured on records by Lisa Hannigan and Kíla, co-written with Hozier and shared stages with greats in multiple genres such as Cassandra Wilson, the Wainwrights, Paul Brady and Bilal.
She has toured in Ireland, the UK, Sierra Leone, Iceland, France and the USA and has multiple television and film appearances to her name (Striking Out, Finding Joy, Girl from Mogadishu). Over the last year she released a number of musical collaborations with Irish, Icelandic and Sierra Leonean producers, including Ron Gilmore (Lauryn Hill, J. Cole), her sister Fehdah, rapper Drizilik, and her regular collaborator and Corkonian, Bantum. This winter she is to release an EP of collaborations with Bantum and a solo acoustic EP as a direct response to the unique isolation circumstances of 2020.