Ronika press shot (on the phone)

East Midlands

Urban Music

From an early age Veronica Sampson – aka Ronika – has been writing, singing and producing music in her hometown of Nottingham. In 2011, she put her official debut EP online and a year later she has tour dates lined up across the country including a highly sought-after slot at this year’s Lovebox Festival.

Ronika’s first ever record ‘All That We Know’ was completely self-financed and self-produced in her bedroom studio. Shortly after she finished the record, she was awarded £10,000 through the Urban Music scheme.

I am so grateful and excited about this opportunity to get my music out there and heard.

The grant gave Ronika the financial support – as well as development, mentoring and networking opportunities – she needed to take her career to the next level, allowing her to focus her energies on her music.

On receiving the grant she said, “I am so grateful and excited about this opportunity to get my music out there and heard. Everyone involved has been so amazing and inspiring. I’m going to work my backside off to make the most of it and to make some great music.”

Her new single ‘Automatic’ is released in April 2012 and she will continue to complete work on her debut album which is expected to be released later in the year.

“Immaculate…the sort of effortlessly confident, natural pop sensibility that labels spend years and millions of pounds trying, in vein, to manufacture”

“Destined for pop greatness in 2012”

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In 2009, Obenewa was awarded an Urban Music grant of £10,000 to put towards website design, CD artwork and promotional videos. Since then her mix tape has been played on Platinum, Lightening, 1xtra and NYC Radio stations. More recently she was a featured artist on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers series.

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Mary Wakelam

Mary studied saxophone at the Birmingham Conservatoire and currently works as General Manager for Birmingham Jazz. As well as being an instrumentalist, Mary composes and leads a 7-piece band called Maylight which fuses jazz and hip-hop. Their debut EP One Try was released in September 2011.

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