By: Shlomo Bowe
Our newest member of the photography team, Jackson Megar, has spent the summer scouting up-and-coming artists and capturing their performances at venues all over the city of Boston. When he first told me about Saleka, and I played a few of her records, it made perfect sense that she was on tour with the soulfully gifted R&B singer, Giveon. I had the pleasure of speaking with Saleka, ahead of back to back performances at the House of Blues in Boston.
As much of her music comes from soundtracks including, "Remain" from the motion picture Old (2021), and "The Sky Cries" from Servant: Songs from the Attic (2021), it was intriguing to hear her creative process when it comes to writing these records. For some songs she would only have the script and along with a conversation from the director, was tasked with sculpting a vibe to bring the entire scene to a climax. It seems to come naturally to Saleka, as she's spent her entire life being influenced by the work of her father, legendary director M. Night Shyamalan.
The visuals that Saleka has released are nothing short of superb. One video in particular that caught my attention was "Mr. Incredible" which was shot in 2020, and directed by Saleka's younger sister Ishana. The two have collaborated on several other videos to date, and their chemistry & shared influences is easy to see.
For those of you that enjoy our Friday Night Feels mixes, don't be surprised to hear more of Saleka's music as we continue to watch her career and catalog flourish! Check out our full interview with Saleka below!