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Meet GLORIA, the Newcomer UK Artist Creating Future Black Music

The London-based artist blends future R&B, vogue house and the avant-garde with commentary on the dystopia of modern life.

Born and bred in the North West England, with roots in both Nigeria and Jamaica, GLORIA is a figure who personifies the diaspora experience.

The newcomer artist, who is part of GAIKA's The Spectacular Empire collective, is championing forward-thinking black art and music out of her base in London. GLORIA's output presents an arresting visual aesthetic that provides earnest social commentary on the dystopia of modern life through a blend of future R&B, vogue house and the avant-garde.

We spoke to GLORIA about the recent release of her 5-song Testify EP, her new remix from Ase Manual, Afrofuturism as a mindset, and much more. Read our interview below.

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You Need To Hear This Dark Dancehall Mix From Gaika

The London-based artist showcases his special blend of dancehall and UK grime in this exclusive mix for OkayAfrica.

Gaika is a talented left-field musician coming out of the UK who first landed on our radar for his chilling single, "Blasphemer," before making it as one of our 10 British Artists to Watch last year.

The London producer creates a hypnotizing concoction of dancehall and UK grime with additional touches of R&B and trip-hop in his songs. Though it's hard to define—and that might be the point—Gaika's futuristic, Caribbean-influenced production is pushing the boundaries of electronic music, as well as challenging the concept of what people think 'Black British music' should sound like.

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