Feridah Rose was born in Uganda where she grew up with both the vocal and musical traditions of East Africa and those of the church and gospel singing. When she moved to Denmark as a teenager she continued her musical journey by leading a gospel choir and today she combines these twin influences with a rich variety of modern styles to create an infectious, exciting and very personal musical expression.
Feridah released the EP ‘Game of Love’ in 2012 which showcased her powerful voice and range. This was followed up with the single ‘Kyelondela’ – a tribute to her homeland recorded back in Uganda with one of the country’s most popular songwriters, Sylver Kyagulanyi and the legendary local hit maker Paddy Man behind the desk. It was the first song she sang in her mother tongue and set the direction for her 2017 release ‘Njalaba’ where she fuses her influences both musically and lyrically into a sound with strong roots and a modern vision.
When on stage with her band Feridah Rose combines the beauty of her afro-soul vocal style with a focus on intense rhythmic propulsion and expansive jazz-funk arrangements. Surrounded by a 6 to 9 piece band of accomplished musicians and backing singers it is a show that draws the audience and listener in, with songs that go from deep R&B ballads to the skank of dub reggae and the traditional rhythms of Africa. The talented band bring an orchestral quality to the arrangements with Jamil Oskarson on bass, Jens Stoklund Jensen at the drums, Søren Heller on guitar and Lasse Storgaard on keys while backing vocals are supplied by Nanna Nabila, Lucas King & Thora W. Kruse. Last but not least is high energy percussion straight from Ghana, delivered by Ayi Solomon.
The band performs with a sound and style that captures music lovers with its natural charm and sonic power, whether you experience it on the bigger stages of venues such as Amager Bio in Copenhagen or the many small live rooms and stages around the country where she has been perfecting her performance over the last years. 2017 brought the band on the first tour to East Africa with several gigs in Nairobi and Kampala, including the international Bayimba Arts Festival.
A Feridah Rose live show builds up a powerful funk-fuelled steam, drawing on rich traditions and new inspirations. With such a powerful voice and experienced performer up front leading the ensemble it is never long before the rhythm and melody has any audience dancing and swaying along.
Some of the places we have perfomed:
Bartof Station, Frederiksberg
Copenhagen Songwriters Festival
Bayimba International Arts Festival, Uganda
Børneteatret på Christiania
Igiza Lounge, Nairobi
J’s Fresh Bar & Kitchen, Nairobi
Thursday Nite Live, Nairobi
Island Brygges Kulturhus
Hotel Nyborg Strand
Cph World Music Festival