Lila Ike on Why Her Songs of Survival and Resistance Hit Home in America

Less than five years ago, Jamaican singer Lila Iké was working in a Kingston call center struggling to make ends meet. Now, she is receiving widespread attention for her debut EP, The ExPerience — and being hailed as one of the most exciting young talents to have recently emerged from Jamaica, or anywhere else for that matter. Lila’s vocals suggest the smoky eloquence of the late Nina Simone, the sultry cool of Sade and the emotive rendering of her favorite singer, the late Garnett Silk, one of the most revered artists in Jamaica’s music canon…


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