MPA Spotlight – Isobella Burnham


Songs for World Peace
Track – Wuhloss

This Black History Month, we celebrate past and present black talent in songwriting, composition and publishing

 Isobella Burnham has an impressive range of skills; working as a bassist, vocalist and songwriter in London after arriving from Barbados in 2018.

London Jazz News recently heralded her as ‘tak[ing] the London jazz scene by storm’ and she has already worked with the likes of Connie Constance, Poppy Ajudha and Tom Misch.
One of her latest projects is a track for ‘Songs for World Peace,’ a global initiative by musicians to promote peace through the power of music. Isobella’s original song ‘Wuhloss’ represents Barbados and uses Bajan Dialect throughout the lyrics. The title itself is a term used to express surprise or excitement at something of a controversial or unexpected nature.

The MPA spoke to Isobella to find out more about ‘Wuhloss’ and ‘Songs for World Peace.’

Listen and watch the video on YouTube here.
You can follow Isobella on Instagram here.

– How did you get involved with the ‘Songs for World Peace’ initiative?
I was asked by one of the co-founders and friend of mine Utako Toyama if I was interested in representing Barbados and writing a song for the initiative.

 The lyrics to ‘Wuhloss’ feel very relevant for recent times. What was your key inspiration for writing them?
My inspiration for Wuhloss was to highlight my experiences and to show the world how we can influence the world around us to be more kind and work towards peace.

 Which songwriters and composers have most inspired you?
For bass, Jaco Pastorius, Oteil Burbridge and vocally, Corinne Bailey Rae, Camila Meza.

 What can we expect to see from you next?
I am currently working on a bass and vocal EP that I’m aiming to self-release in the next few months.

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