Kelela Mizanekristos, an only child born in Maryland to Ethiopian parents. states that Cut 4 Me is an album that is based on a lot of her personal experiences, with some tracks based on emotions felt from one particular past relationship.
With most describing Kelela’s sound as R&B, it’s not typical of the R&B that has been populating the sound waves for the past few decades. Kelela’s sound is unique and in a good way. Her edgy sound can be classed under the new alternative R&B genre, where unconventional electro beats act as a base for powerful soulful vocals.
Kelela grew up listening to Tracey Chapman and Miriam Makeba amongst others.
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