Debut single ‘Bird’
28th March @ The Bedford, London
(EP Launch Show)
‘A voice that quite literally made our jaws drop the first time we heard it’ – Mahogany
London-based Sabiyha has unveiled her rousing debut single, ‘Bird’, premiering the track and accompanying video on Mahogany ahead of her forthcoming EP, ‘Hollow Bones’. Championed by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and Asian Network’s Yasser and Bobby Friction during her first foray into music, ‘Bird’ marks a turning point for the singer-songwriter as her demos have finally made their way out of her bedroom and into the studio. Fusing soaring vocals with a lusciously orchestrated backdrop, the brooding strings on Sabiyha’s first release go a long way to challenging what’s expected from a debut.
Watch the video for ‘Bird’ here
‘Bird’ tells a personal tale of heartbreak and how Sabiyha was ‘torn between my heritage and trying to assimilate into a world where I didn’t truly fit in’. Referencing her Indo-Caribbean descent in the recurring lyric, ‘to red, to green, to white and gold’, she proudly paints the Guyanese flag all over ‘Bird’. The track begins delicately with just an acoustic guitar before Sabiyha’s chilling vocal stops all in it’s path. Building in intensity from verse to verse, the bite of the staccato strings and ascending choral harmonies grow to an explosive climax. The EP was produced in full by emerging talent, Andrew David James, and by relying on a resourceful community of musicians and friends they were able to bring a very cinematic drama to this low budget project. ‘Bird’ ends with Sabiyha paying homage to the music she was raised on by singing a Carnatic influenced melody in ‘a moment to reflect my history, pride and the power I feel being a person of colour.’