CanaryPod: Topple Uncaged meets… Bella Blair

Topple Uncaged meets Bella Blair
Steve Topple

THIS PODCAST CONTAINS LANGUAGE AND CONTENT SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND OFFENSIVE. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS EPISODE ARE THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND GUESTS.

Welcome to #ToppleUncaged!

Every week, The Canary will be bringing you an innovative podcast for the media landscape; hosted by me, Steve Topple.

In a special episode, I met one of the the rising stars to emerge from Jamaica in the past few years: Bella Blair.

Mr Topple x Bella Blair

Bella was heavily involved in the performing arts from a young age, having studied it at every level of education. She first came to prominence via her comedy skits on her YouTube channel. But music was clearly her first love. Her first venture into this was featuring on Eddie Ferrer’s Jigsaw Love back in 2012. More music followed, but it was her 2018 EP Aura which cemented her status as an artistic force to be reckoned with. It is an ingenious mix of genres, from ambient RnB to soul, via afrobeat, dancehall and reggae. But it’s Bella’s voice and storytelling which really set Aura out as such a strong project. Now, she’s back with her latest track. Called Mistake Too, it’s a bang-up-to-date afrobeat RnB track, produced by the UK-based Jamie Rodigan and Aaron Horn.

So, I caught up with Bella for the #ToppleUncaged podcast. We chatted about her musical upbringing and career, the diverse mix of styles and genres she is becoming renowned for, the music industry and more.

Enjoy!

Listen on iTunes here.

CanaryPod: #ToppleUncaged meets… Bella Blair show notes:

Presented, produced and edited by Steve Topple.

Sound engineering by Gav Pauze.

Mistake Too by Bella Blair, produced by Crate Classics via Lilalockdcity:

Download Bella’s debut EP Aura on your preferred platform.

Follow her on Facebook and Insta.

Follow on Twitter:

Steve Topple @MrTopple; The Canary @TheCanaryUK; Bella Blair @thebellablair; Nicola Jeffery @NicolaCJeffery; Gav Pauze @PauzeRadio; Rai Star Music @rai_star113

Use the hashtags #ToppleUncaged #CanaryPod

Find out more about Gav Pauze and browse his vinyl store.

Topple Uncaged Theme Music: Lost Souls by Lee Wrizzle.

Good Gyal Anthem by Bella Blair:

Featured image via Steve Topple, Maurice – Wikimedia and Bella Blair

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