The British Council and Sentrum club open the third year of Selector Live in Ukraine this 31 March (20:00) with soul singer from South London and BBC Sound of 2017 winner Ray BLK.
Ray BLK didn’t a have a formal music education; she learnt it all by watching MTV Base and listening to Missy Elliott, Lil Kim and The Notorious B.I.G. Aged 13, she formed a band (New Found Content) with superstar producer MNEK. Fast forward to 2015, when Ray released the song 50/50, which aired on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s playlist. In 2016, Ray self-released her debut mini-album Durt, featuring collaborations with Stormzy, Wretch 32 and SG Lewis.
She recently topped the BBC Sound of 2017 list – the BBC’s annual poll of music critics and industry reps designed to identify the most promising new artists. In previous years, 50 Cent, Adele, Michael Kiwanuka, Sam Smith, Years&Years and Jack Garrett have all been awarded the same accolade.
Her stage surname BLK stands for Building Living Knowing, which she describes as her three main values.
The British Council and The Selector radio show have teamed up to bring you the best of new UK music – everything from indie guitar-driven rock to “intelligent” dance music.
In 2013, the Selector Live opened in Ukraine to a crowd of more than 8,500 at Koktebel Jazz Festival with a line-up that featured Patrick Wolf, The Submotion Orchestra and British Sea Power. In 2015, we brought to Kyiv Mercury Prize-winning Scottish hip hop trio, Young Fathers, followed up with a memorable concert by Ghostpoet. We finished the year rocking to the raw energy of Slaves and the sophisticated pop of Everything Everything. In 2016, Holy Esque, Gabriel Bruce and Benjamin Clementine played in Kyiv at Sentrum Club and the October Palace.