Performance: Aka Kelzz
Berlin-based singer-songwriter Aka Kelzz has always loved making music. Growing up in the UK, coming from a musical family and heavily influenced by Neo-Soul artists such as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and India Arie, Kelzz always dreamt of creating their own music.
Whilst growing up and working to find their own voice, Kelzz faced several difficulties being told their voice was not at the same standards as others. Plus being a fat dark-skinned teen with limited representation in the media, Kelzz was unable to see where they would fit in and be visible.
Having to deal with these difficulties, Kelzz then started journaling as a form of empowerment and resistance to write their feelings and emotions in a safe space, which would then help create songs in the future.