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Worldwide Awards 2017 // Introducing: Jimetta Rose

November 28, 2016

As we set the gears in motion for the 2017 edition of the Worldwide Awards on the 21st January, we’re putting together intro profiles to give you the scoop on the talent populating the bill.

Next up is Jimetta Rose. A mainstay in the Los Angeles independent music scene, while simultaneously digging firm roots into LA’s burgeoning creative renaissance, Jimetta Rose’s music is not constrained by a rigid expectation of what art is or isn’t. She draws inspiration from jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop. She’s even been known to spit a verse or two when prodded. One word that embodies Jimetta’s complex and mesmerizing sound is: SOUL.

In January 2010, Jimetta released her debut solo album The Barber’s Daughter, laced with introspective prose, velvety vocal punches, and exceptional production from some of Los Angeles’ most revered underground producers. With her talent, style, and dedication to unfiltered creative expression, it should come as no surprise that Jimetta Rose counts among her friends and colleagues, many of the most popular artists and DJs in the Los Angeles music scene and abroad, which include Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Med and Blu, The Decoders, Alice Russell and Talib Kweli.

Ahead of her appearance at the Awards, we asked her a few questions about where she’s at right now.

Where in the world…

…are you now?

I am in Los Angeles, CA a liberal land that exists on the west coast of The United States.

…inspires you?

I am inspired by every place in this big beautiful world that i have yet to see. I am sure magic and music are waiting to be found in every corner. The world is full of the pretty and the ugly, I want to see it all.

…have you done your best performance?

I had the most fun singing jazz standards at a small hole in the wall jazz club in Rotterdam. My best performance is yet to come maybe. I live for the shows that make me feel alive and full of purpose.

…has the best food?

I love Indian and Ethiopian cuisine. I’ve never been to their respective countries of origin though, so I’d say Los Angeles and San Francisco are the places where I’ve been able to have the taste of the world at my fingertips.

…do you go to escape?

The top of the closest hill or small mountain…I love hiking and having little talks with the divine. Sometimes its the only place i feel safe.

…do you most want to go?

Easter Island to visit those huge statue heads.

…has the best music right now?

Hmmmm this is hard but…I think the best music is coming from LA. There has been a renaissance bubbling to the surface in our city and i think the world is finally starting to bear witness to it with artists like Anderson.Paak, Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, and Thundercats blazing new trails across genres.

What 3 acts would be on your dream line-up?

Sade, Bjork, and I.

And finally, how many languages can you say hello in? And can you prove it?

I can say hello in 3 languages for sure maybe 4 or 5 if I start studying now! lol. Test me when I see you.

The Awards will be going down at KOKO, London, on Saturday 21st January. Final release tickets onsale now for £35. Buy yours here.