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Pairing superb, envelope-pushing sounds with tasty, wholesome scran, Cobalt Studios’ FRESH programme has become a staple for those seeking to expand horizons and spruce up their Thursday evenings. They’re also reliably ahead of the curve with their bookings – a pattern which continues on Thursday 16th December with a visit from hotly-tipped Afrofuturist soul artist Fehdah.

Born and based in Dublin with Sierra Leonean heritage, this vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist (real name Emma Garnett) offers a fresh, idiosyncratic take on electro soul, incorporating various strands of her identity from Wassoulou music to traditional Irish singing. While often hailed as a spiritual daughter to the likes of Erykah Badu and Oumou Sangare, it’s a palette which feels entirely of her own making, as showcased to ample effect on sterling recent single Buffer Fly.

The evening provides an additional treat in the shape of local lo-fi extraordinaire Georgia May. Inspired by the sounds of ’90s hip-hop, R&B and acoustic soul, her opening set will showcase music from last year’s warmly-received debut album Mood Daze, setting her absorbing vocal against an inviting bed of soothing timbres, jazzy chords and gospel influences.

Food is served from 7pm, with the music beginning an hour later. For a guaranteed winter warmer, look no further!

Fehdah and Georgia May play Cobalt Studios, Newcastle on Thursday 16th December


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