Popular
Shay Lia. Image courtesy of the artist.

Meet Shay Lia, the French-East African Singer Writing Hits With Kaytranada

We talk to the Montreal-based singer about her youth in Djibouti, upcoming EP plans and much more.

Shay Lia might be one of the most humble and refreshing artists the game has seen in a long time. While the world may only recognize from Kaytranada records, it's time for the artist, born Shanice Dileita Mohamed, to shift gears and put her alias at the forefront.

Shay Lia was born in France before relocating to Djibouti, a country at the cusp of the Red Sea, at the age of four. It wasn't until she was 18-years-old that she moved to Canada, where the singer-songwriter discovered she could write songs while attending UQAM University in Montreal, a place she currently calls home.

Her signature sound lies in the melodies, whose ideas are often inspired by R&B, funk, and soul. When it comes to the beat, she just needs a good bass and something to dance too. Juggling between three cultures, Shay Lia accepts her diverse identity and the wide array of influences absorbed from each. At two to three years old, she picked up her "American" ways from watching videos on Youtube, something she doesn't even notice when she sings.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

The 4 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Check out the best tracks, videos, mixtapes and releases that came across our desks this week.