I think the theme of the new album is the title, to be still and to breathe. My fist album came out the day before I quit my day job and then a month later is was nominated for the Mercury and it was full steam ahead. I went through my mid 20’s outside of myself, I would say, so by about 2013 after the second album I had to pull the brakes on everything and spend a lot of time just being still. I had to work out my own thoughts and feelings and heal, and that’s definitely what this album is about. You’re known for being politically and socially active with charities and movements that mean a lot to you. What are you working on at the moment in this area? I did a panel yesterday with Sadiq Khan for Cosmopolitan Magazine, and it was about whether the hosing crisis in London is killing creativity. I think most of the things I do are to do with housing. I’ve worked with a lot of big charities over the years but I feel I could be of more help in smaller, grassroots places. I’d like to work with young people to be able to share what I’ve learnt directly. My dream would be to be in hostels and do cooking lessons with young people who are financially not well off but who need to be nourished. You’re into cooking – you were on Celebrity Masterchef, run a podcast about musicians and food, ran a Caribbean food truck and this new EP has a digital cookbook and memoir that goes along with it. What does cooking and food mean to you spiritually speaking? I think spiritually they have the same effect as music,

as healing and inspiration. If one of my friends called me and said they were having a bad time, I’d invite them round, and we’d definitely eat…on the way home she might listen to music. Tere are different times when they are both needed. What is your go-to recipe for feeling better? I’m a big fan of making jerk chicken. In the UK we don’t get much of a summer, but if I’m making that is means it’s summer and we’re getting the BBQ out and we’re going to have a great time! You’re playing with Te Mouse Outfit at the Arts Centre – will you have a full band with you? Yes we are. I’ve been doing smaller shows on purpose supporting people like Talib Kweli, really just to test out a new way of bringing a live show. I’ve done seven piece bands before and I’ve done just me and a drummer, so I wanted to work it out. I’ve got a really cool band of four now including a saxophonist, so we can deliver tracks like Sun Will Rise and lot that have trumpet and sax in there which will be cool!


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