KALI UCHIS

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THE COLOM­BIAN SINGER MAK­ING WAVES IN MOD­ERN SOUL

Kali Uchis cites Aretha Franklin and Astrud Gil­berto as her he­roes, and though their in­flu­ence is tan­gi­ble (her mu­sic veers from soul to beat-laden R&B), her own style is dis­tinctly 2017. Tyrant is Kali’s dance­floor-ready ‘post-apoc­a­lyp­tic love song’, while dance­hall-in­fused Ridin Round is the per­fect an­tithe­sis to years of male bravado in hip-hop. The singer was 18 when she re­leased her first mix­tape, Drunken Bab­ble, but she’d al­ready spent years forg­ing a name for her­self mak­ing and sell­ing clothes to her class­mates. ‘My dad was home­less as a child; he raised me to be hard-work­ing. I grew up learn­ing to be in­no­va­tive,’ she says. Born in North­ern Vir­ginia and raised be­tween there and Pereira, Colom­bia, Kali is now LA-based. Aside from still mak­ing her own clothes (think Brigitte Bar­dot meets Nicki Mi­naj), it’s her mu­sic that’s now tak­ing cen­tre stage.

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