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Leila Adu Biography

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Name: Leila Adu
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Published/Updated: 20 Dec 2008, 19:50


Raised in New Zealand of Ghanaian descent, Adu has produced three acclaimed albums, written for and sung with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, toured extensively and had radio play in the UK, mainland Europe, the US, Australasia, Russia and the Far East. She is a composer, improvisor, vocalist and pianist/keyboardist who has explored various genres and mediums. Her most recent releases are Love Cells and Scary Love Monster, both released as EPs in 2016.

In 2010 she was voted one of Bold As Love’s TEN SISTAS WHO ROCKED THE DECADE and Time Out CRITIC’S CHOICE for her latest gig with London trio LEILA ADU & THE DON’T’s with punk/improv legends John Edwards & Steve Noble (Neneh Cherry’s Rip Rig & Panic)

Little Richard’s naughty niece reinstates the piano as the original rock ‘n’ roll instrument with a contemporary twist. “Leila Adu’s music is, cryptic, edgy, oscillating between serious commentary and flippant experimentation” — Sheffield Telegraph

"Leila Adu takes you on an aural journey that most progressive rock albums could only attempt” — URB ALT Online

Leila was dubbed “Spooky Adu” by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Joanna Newsom, PJ Harvey producer) who recorded her album, Dark Joan.

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