As the talent grows for next year’s Dinah, the organizers of the five-day event have recently announced the addition of Leikela47 to their 2019 line-up.
Noisey describes her music as “hypermodern, with a sound that falls somewhere between Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg, and M.I.A.” Counting Jay-Z amongst her fans, the infectious artist aims to connect people through her music. Speaking to that effect, Leikeli47 says, “A lot of the time we don’t know how our worlds relate because we barely talk to each other. We take stuff too seriously—it’s time to have fun and be part of a melting pot of individuals.”
Her second album, Acrylic, is brash, bold, and as gleefully tough as the material the album takes its name from. “We have this saying that when you smell acrylic, you know just where you are,” she explains while discussing what the album title means to her. “Acrylic is a hard substance and I feel this is one of my harder records to date. It speaks to how hard times don’t break you, they make you.”
Co-producers ranging from Clyde & Harry (Ludacris, Ghostface Killah) to Dave Hamelin (The Belle Game, Sam Roberts Band) pitched in during the creative process, as well as Michael Barney and Hardcover CEO and frequent collaborator Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Zayn Malik).
“I’m all about letting people in — I love putting my message in music,” Leikeli47 explains when talking about her artistic mission statement. “It’s a great way to engage people and get them talking to each other.” Leikeli47 wants to bring the world together as one, and through Acrylic, her message as infectious as ever.