Hailing from north-west London singer/ songwriter Meleka, 21, was crowned HUGO URBAN RULES winner in 2008 after wowing music industry execs as well as chart toppers Estelle and Sabrina Washington.
It was MelekaÂ’s soaring vocals, self-penned songs and fearless nature that made her the firm favourite for the grand prize at the prestigious urban talent event. Â“I couldnÂ’t believe Sabrina and Estelle wanted me to share the same stage as them. It was such a privilege,Â” Meleka modestly admits.
As well as winning the chance to support Estelle (American Boy, Substitute Lover,1980) at HUGO URBAN RULESÂ’ headline gig in Manchester and appearing in the subsequent MTV Base show which was broadcast over 100 times on the channel, Meleka is also featured alongside Kelis and Chipmunk on the title track of Basement Jaxx new album Â‘ScarsÂ’. She is also featured on Don EÂ’s new single Â‘Time Is NowÂ’ alongside Mutya Buena and has been tipped as one to watch by none other than The News Of The World.
This September will see a life long dream of MelekaÂ’s become a reality with the release of her debut single, the funky house anthem Â“GoÂ” produced by the Crazy Cousinz. We donÂ’t use the term anthem lightly either, the track has already had almost 1 million views on Youtube from fans radio rips alone and 300,000 plays on Myspace.
It has been on the A List @ BBC 1xtra since the beginning of April and has been receiving plays from Galaxy Network, Kiss FM, & Choice FM all without being serviced to radio. Â‘GoÂ’ has also been picked as Urban Record Of The Month by Mixmag.
The video for Â‘GoÂ’ was directed by Ben Jones who started directing three years ago and was signed to Partizan films. He is now represented for Music videos by Davey Inc and previous work includes videos for The Streets, Lily Allen, Oasis and Example.
Â“GoÂ” will be released this September and will feature remixes including a 'refix' from Booda Bassline, and additional mixes from Diamond ft Tinie Tempah, Sid Mercutio and Doug McCourt.
MelekaÂ’s is currently finishing recording her debut album which is full of songs which speak straight from the heart to the young, sassy, independent women of today in a style which she describes as Â“beautifully honestÂ” and which others say is reminiscent of a young Ella Fitzgerald or Brandy.
Once you hear Meleka's fresh, irresistible vocals and her passionate song writing ability you'll understand why others are referring to her as the next big thing to come out of the UK. Meleka is talented enough to hold her own on the world stage.
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" As soon as I heard the track the idea came straight away. I like shooting narrative videos and giving them an unsuspecting twist at the end. I liked the idea of taking some of the standard RnB video ideas and mixing them up with a crazy fucked up narrative. A Rihanna video with a twisted ending! Meleka was great because she bought into the idea straight away, even though I described her in the videos narrative treatment as being one of the most beautiful murderesses in a video ever. She was great and wasn't phased by anything I asked her to do, including kissing her leading man in front of everyone. A long hard schedule of playing live has taught her a massive amount about performing and being confident in front of the camera"
Ben Jones (Davey Inc), director of video
"Love this song soundtrack of the Summer!"