This summer, I Am Hip Hop had the chance to speak with Colombian music artist, Lianna, during her visit to London to perform in the capital.
Lianna is an artist who combines hip hop and soul with Latin American sounds to express her message through her calming vocals.
The singer moved to Colombia’s capital, Bogota while pursuing her journey as a musician. Music has however been in the blood of her family as she recalls musical memories as a child in her hometown of Medellin.
”Music has always been a part of me as my father sings and plays the guitar.” Lianna shared,
“The intro of my album is me singing with my dad and this is something we have been doing since I was born. My dad always sang in styles such as bolero, tango and all sorts of other Latin American music, along with that he used to build guitars so music has always been in my life.”
The album that Lianna mentions is her newest project, ’Como el Agua’. The ethereal LP was released this April and holds features from some of Colombia’s most talented bubbling under artists such as N. Hardem, who we also interviewed earlier this year.
“In this album, I wanted to bring in flavours that impacted me such as those from Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, then mix them with a Latin sound for my people” Lianna continued.
“Now I am glad to be an independent artist in a new movement of hip hop and music in Colombia. I fell in love with hip hop when I was young as the honesty and rhythm hit me hard. There is a song by Lauryn Hill called ‘Like Water’ and this album is inspired from that.”
Inspirations of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu are definitely found within this album but Lianna also shared who else she admires within the hip hop scene.
“Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are definitely other inspirations, I also can’t leave out Nas as Illmatic is the bible! Altogether though, my favourite rapper is Mos Def. If I could pick one artist in history to work with, it would be him. He can sing, rap and do everything!
What I love about hip hop is that that you can listen to it at one stage of your life and enjoy it one way but when you come back to it at another stage of your life, you can appreciate it in a whole different way.”
There are also plenty of talents in the United Kingdom that Lianna has love for all the way from the other side of the pond.
“Most of what I listen to at the moment is from the UK. Artists such as NAO, Jorja Smith and Sinead Hartnett are people I would love to work with but there are so many others and I keep discovering more and more. There are a lot of artists that I discover in Colombia but then I find out that they are from the UK!”
Lianna hopes to use her music to communicate positivity around the whole globe in an age that she feels needs it the most.
“We are in a good time in terms of music where we can listen to artists around the world that we could not hear from in the past. Now I get to connect with people around the world and make music that I love. Colombian hip hop is getting bigger under the surface and I am so proud to be part of it, it motivates me to keep doing it.
The best thing I can give to people is my music and it is important to build to bridges around the world, especially in a time where society is the way it is right now. Society is making people ignorant but music is so important to break walls and connect people.”
Como el Agua is available now on all streaming and download platforms. Keep up to date with Lianna on her Instagram.
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