With radical, poetic lyrics, godly musical knowledge, social awareness and a wealth of experience, Leila Adu is definitely one to pay attention to. She is in no way a novice, having been actively producing, composing and performing music since the early 2000s. She was also featured as MTV’s Iggy Artist of the week, and has toured and performed in Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Leila was in Ghana last August, researching international trends in electronic music and hip-hop as part of her current exploits as a Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University. We had the chance to have a conversation recently and she shared many insights on music, education and some collaborative projects, which are yet to be released.
Circumspecte: Which piece of art, other than music, best describes you and why?
—Leila Adu: I am not sure which describes me best but something that I seek is in Rothko’s paintings, or Tarkovsky’s film “Stalker.” Simplicity, spaciousness, depth. I am not sure if that describes me, is the antidote to my usual state of mind, or a bit… ( Read on! )