New Waves 2018: Hana

Hana is shap­ing up to be a singer you don’t just want to lis­ten to: you want to hang out with her. This South Lon­don songstress projects the beck­on­ing cool of Aaliyah and Kali Uchis. She sings (‘Mr Jones’), she raps (‘West Coast Freestyle’) and she’s got a deft abil­i­ty for deliv­er­ing con­tem­po­rary R&B songs that urge you to spin them over and over. At the time of pub­lish­ing, her first sin­gle, ‘Be with U’, has attract­ed more than 270,000 streams across Spo­ti­fy and SoundCloud.

There’s a sense of free­dom, and just pure fun, that we real­ly dig about Hana’s ear­ly music. She tells us she is cur­rent­ly wrap­ping up her debut EP, which will be a col­lec­tion of songs writ­ten over the past three years.

“I’m work­ing with a few dif­fer­ent pro­duc­ers, all of which are my friends, so it’s been a real­ly organ­ic process,” she says. “I’m def­i­nite­ly going to be per­form­ing more live. Last year, I did a lot of act­ing, so that took up a lot of my time and focus. This year, I’d like to lean more on music as it’s been a long time com­ing now. I’m excit­ed and ner­vous to play live, as it’s all my words in the open, but it will be sick to see if peo­ple vibe with it.”

Social: @hanzofficialz on Insta­gram, @HanzOfficial on Twitter

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Image: Char­lie Banks