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I first fell in love with Sutra’s voice when I heard her a cappella version of Asa’s Jailer. I confess, I did a little jig. And I still do one every time I hear her rich, powerful, electrifying, yet vulnerable voice on a track. Very few things make me do this dance. Sutra is that amazing! I think what totally left me gobsmacked was learning that she’d produced that song, having never actually learned to. Every other self-produced song from this unique singer/songwriter/writer/ medical student + more has been a surprise. A very pleasant surprise.
This Ghanaian, London-based artiste in her early twenties, is without a doubt one of my favorite singers. I absolutely love watching her music evolve. Her songwriting is quite expressive. Whatever her sound, soul, jazz, acoustic, electronic, Sutra brings it every time. E.V.E.R.Y.T.I.M.E.

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SUTRA’s new mixtape, The Art of Being (TAOB), is everything I love about her music. 11 tracks coproduced by  DJ & Producer, BOSTON, currently signed to UK label Symmetry Recordings, Ghanaian Producer & Rapper, DOTSE, Ghanaian producer, EDWVN, and SUTRA herself. I really do not have the words, so I’ll borrow Sutra’s…

The Art of Being, or TAOB, is my first mixtape; a collection of music and sung poetry that captures the origin, thoughts, fears, heartbreak, joy, frustrations and aspirations of my self…especially over the past 2 years in which I have learned to lean not on my own understanding. Its work is honest, unafraid but also deeply vulnerable.

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TAOB is a unique medley of electro, neo-soul, jazz, acoustic and Afro-music. Put simply, it’s alternative and it encapsulates most of my different influences.

You really want to give it a listen…

A few questions for SUTRA:
* Why do you create?

I don’t know, I just do!

* Inspiration for life and for creating…

I’m really inspired by what goes on around me, what I see or hear, or feel, or sense. I guess human experience is what inspires me most: Our longings, our desires, our search for completion, our need for God.

* Other creative outlets?

I’m also a writer; you can find my poetry, thoughts and posts on my blogs: youngthatiam.tumblr.com & the-convolutedthinker.com

* Favorite thing about being a creator?

I love that creating is one way that I can feel closer to God, and that it allows me to write from alternative perspectives and of experiences I might not have necessarily had myself.

* Your creative process in a few words.

If it’s music, I tend to get a melody first. It could be out of nowhere or come to me while i’m on my guitar. When that happens I usually need to record it on my phone quickly or i’ll forget it, haha. With writing, it tends to be more frequent, more fluid. I see in my head or I feel something and I write from there, most of the time. It’s really sensory.

* What do you wish you knew five years ago?

I’d tell my past self, ” ‘God is in control’ really does mean God is in control. Believe it, and don’t sweat the small stuff…Look at the bigger picture.”

* Where’s your happy place?

Anywhere there are lots of books or live music. E.g. libraries or a jazz club!

* If you could only own five things, they’d be…?

Bible, laptop, an unlimited round-the-world plane ticket, a rucksack full of basic clothes/shoes, and a stethoscope (lol).

* Your ideal life in twenty years.

I honestly have no answer to this, haha. As long as I have God, everything else will fall into place.

* What puts you to sleep at night?

Music, most of the time.

* Currently most grateful for…?

Siblings and friendship.

*Tea or coffee?

Herbal tea. Otherwise, coffee 🙂

Download for free on Bandcamp or stream on SoundCloud (where you can find more of her music.
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Kov.

Written by Nik-Nak