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Raised in North Wales, Kelly Lee Owens hit the road at a young age – first spending time in Manchester studying, before relocating to London to persue a career in music. A shift to the city opened up a world of possibilities, and her early days were spent working in Rough Trade and also Pure Groove, where she manned the crates alongside then colleague Daniel Avery.
A chance meeting in the workplace eventually led to Kelly Lee Owens contributing her writing and vocal skills to Avery's 'Drone Logic', with her solo career taking on somewhat of a snowball effect from there. There was debut EP ‘Lucid/Arthur’ in 2015, followed by a very heavy remix from Phantasy Sounds' Ghost Culture, and the finespun pop-edged sounds of her recent single 1 of 3. If you need any further convincing of how sublime KLO's voice is, kick back and listen to her firecracker cover of Aaliyah's More Than A Woman.
To mark a successful few months, Kelly Lee Owens steps up for a African inspired addition to our mix series, influenced by a love for music from the continent.
Dummy Mix 442 tracklist:
Harry Belefonte & Miriam Makeba Malaika
(Mama Africa) Miriam Makeba Khawuleza
Francis Bebey Forest Nativity
Staff Benda Bilili Je T’aime
Tony Allen Asiko
Manu Dibango Electric Africa
Ebo Taylor & The Sweet Beans Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara
Fela Kuti & Ginger Baker Let’s Start (live)
Malcolm X quote