Ethiopian-American singer Kelela lands her very first ever magazine cover for the latest issue no 38 of CRACK Magazine which you can read online Here. Crack Magazine is a national arts and music magazine based in Bristol, distributing across England and Wales.
Kelela on journalists categorising her music with new movement: I have questions as to why it’s happening right now, and what that means for music when you frame something as ‘alternative’ or ‘peripheral’. Beyond it being about sheer numbers of how many people listen to the music, it can also colour the way people interpret the sounds if it’s written about in that way prior. So I have critiques about that. But it doesn’t cloud my ability to see that people are acknowledging something positive. And if you’re asking me the question: ‘How do you feel about being put on a list of innovative RnB artists?”, I’m elated
Kelela on her ideology for songwriting: I used to imagine that when I did write music, it would deal directly with what was going on in the world in a literal way, to make the point very clear that I was outraged. But when I started writing I remember being mad that it wasn’t coming out that way. For the most part, my body wanted to sing about really personal issues.
Kelela on the empowering effect of confronting heartache from a female perspective: This is the way I’m courageous on a track, I’m trying to say the thing that’s the hardest for me to say. Pointing to the problems and issues without being a victim to them, that’s the focus. I avoid any lyrics which sound too damsel-y or needy.