LOAH AT AFRICA DAY 2015

By Zozimuz

Loah. The Mystères. The Invisibles. Intermediaries for a distant Bondye. Spirits of Haitian Vodou.

Well, that’s a different Loah, but this one’s not far off. Loah is Sallay Matu Garnett, a singer songwriter of Sierra Leonean / Irish origin, having grown up in the classical combination of Maynooth and West Africa.While there, instead of a TV all she had was a piano to keep herself entertained, which combined with a solid classical training on violin and voice resulted in a uniquely talented musician from a very early age. While at Trinity College, she collaborated with future members of the likes of Little Green Cars, Slow Skies, I Have A Tribe, Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, and many others, as well as singing with Kíla, Niwel Tsumbu and Trinity Orchestra’s early pop endeavours. She also contributed to Hozier’s platinum selling debut album, co-­writing the song “Someone New”.

She’s now embarking on an ambitious solo career, combining her unique blend of folk and soul which can only be described as ArtSoul. In what was a phenomenal first year in action, in 2014 she released two stunning songs/videos (“The Bailey” and “Cortege”), performed at Electric Picnic, the Dublin Fringe Festival, and Body&Soul’s Shapeshifters Ball amongst others, capping it off with a phenomenal sold out debut headline concert in The Twisted Pepper in November and an appearance as soloist with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in December.