Lollise

About

After many years of recording and touring with Underground System and the FELA! band, Lollise now shares her own bold Afro-futurist pop sound, rich with layers of kinetic, danceable percussion and gentle waves of ambient noise. Lollise is a multi-disciplinary artist from Francistown, Botswana, based in NYC. Using sound, color and movement, Lollise tells stories in real and imagined worlds that are multidimensional and nuanced, historical and futuristic. She performs with a potent energy and commitment to the music, in body and in spirit.

Lollise emigrated to the US to study chemistry; after college she worked in a spinal cord injury lab in Philadelphia, left science to become a handbag designer in New York, and then joined a band. While refining her craft on tour with other projects in Europe, Nigeria and the US, she began writing her own music, developing her vision and voice.

She released her debut singles with captivating DIY music videos during the lockdown of 2020, then released two EPs – Looking At You (2020) and Unborn (2022) – before completing her forthcoming debut full-length I hit the water, coming September 6th via Switch Hit Records. She also co-wrote and featured on the Delasi song “Learn from Adversity” (Brownswood Recordings, 2024).

Lollise creates hybrid songs for this moment, taking influence from the music she grew up with – Setswana and Kalanga folk songs, ’80s and ’90s South African electronic bubblegum and kwaito, Congolese soukous and Zimbabwean sungura – and the music she has been exposed to in New York, including Afrobeat, new wave, and art-pop.

Lollise has performed extensively in New York, from DIY community spaces to arts institutions including Public Records, BAM, Little Island Festival, Sultan Room, Elsewhere, Brooklyn Museum and Symphony Space. She will perform at Celebrate Brooklyn July 13th, 2024, opening for Seun Kuti. Her music has been featured on Okay Africa, Bandcamp Daily and New Sounds with John Schaefer on WNYC radio.

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