We link back up with gal-dem to once again celebrate International Women’s Day with a triple bill of rising stars. Always a highlight of the calendar, our annual event has gone from strength to strength with the UKs leading magazine produced for and by women of colour – this year is set to be no different.
An “understated, compelling testament to the power and dexterity of the human voice” – Pitchfork.
Madison McFerrin is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. In December 2016, her solo debut EP, Finding Foundations: Vol. I, introduced her soulful take on a cappella to the world. After one listen, Gilles Peterson signed up her standout track, ‘No Time to Lose’, for his Brownswood Bubblers compilation.
Madison bears the torch of three generations of vocal pioneers. As the LA Weekly noted, she employs her jazz virtuoso father, Bobby McFerrin’s vocal techniques “to more soulful ends”, and her use of electronic music stylings reflects the influence of her brother, Brainfeeder producer, Taylor McFerrin.
With her latest release Finding Foundations: Vol. II, Madison intends to explore more ways to create experiences that engage and empower her community. As a female, independent artist of colour, she sees this as vitally important to her practice.
Joining her on the bill are 90s r&b influenced duo S4U and North London newcomer Raheaven.