Known as ‘Iyamah’, Sophie Bond grew up on the sounds of African drumming and reggae music in the seaside town of Brighton. Immersed in the festival culture, iyamah was raised by her artistic mother, who encouraged Iyamah to have a creative upbringing. She started singing from an early age, copying soul singers like Alicia Keys and Adele from the radio. At 13 she picked up piano and started writing songs, but kept them for her own expression, just like a diary. It wasn’t until she started singing lessons during school when Iyamah’s teacher got her singing big soul hits by Whitney Houston, Etta James and Aretha Franklin at her plays each year, where Iyamah was able to stand out and be heard. The empowering female artists later developed her taste for Neo-soul and hiphop under the likes of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu.
Since living in London, Iyamah has been working with different producers and musicians, including featuring on My Nu Leng’s festival anthem ‘Senses’ with whom she performed at GLASTONBURY 2017. She also collaborated in projects such as The Dandadda, a culture clash where she was able to experiment with her roots and develop an understanding of her own direction. With the experience of performing in London venues and festivals including SXSW, LATITUDE and SECRET GARDEN PARTY last year, she has taken her independent path to discover ‘Iyamah’ and her fist single Cryptic Love, is to be released on the 21st of February. With festivals like Boomtown already in line for 2018, Iyamah is an artist to watch.