'My love of music started early'

By Sarah Dennehy
I can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a significant part of my life.

My love of music started early, with the likes of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Fleetwood Mac, but equally liking Michael Jackson, Adam & the Ants and so on…But, music as a career was cultivated from the 1990’s rave scene, and from this I have an enduring love of all electronica.

Until recently I was living on the West Coast of Australia in 40-degree heat, programming contemporary music for Perth International Arts Festival for the last four years. It’s lovely to be back home in Wales – in a more tepid weather environment – and an honour to be producing the Wales Millennium Centre’s inaugural Festival of Voice.

Conceived as an international arts festival for Cardiff, Festival of Voice is a city-wide celebration of the the voice in all art forms. For a festival in its first year, it has an amazing line-up consisting of local and International legends, alongside classical and contemporary superstars, and the vibrant energy and innovation of the next generation of emerging artists.

While on the subject of emerging artists, we are stoked to have neo soul voice Fatima on bill as part of an amazing triple bill with the amazingly cool electro-pop duo Wyles & Simpson, and folky, soulful singer songwriter Daudi Matisko.

Fatima is a fresh take on modern soul with a current and vital voice. Born in Stockholm, Fatima’s list of collaborators spans the likes of Floating Points (who in my opinion is making some of the most interesting music coming out today), Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), Dam Funk, Scratcha DVA, Dorian Concept, and FLako to name but a few.

Her track, Do Better, produced by Floating Points is a blend of jazz, soul and electronic texture:

Also check out ‘Rest In Peace’, a short acapella track that features on her debut album ‘Yellow Memories’ which demonstrates perfectly her velvety vocals and sincerity.

So, it’s safe to say I’m pretty excited to see the festival come together as we rapidly head towards delivering from 3-12 June 2016. Please make sure you visit this blog as often as you can; we’ll be posting some really insightful posts from audiences, performers, team members and more.


Sarah is the Creative Producer for Festival of Voice.

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