There’s no doubt that Australian radio station Triple J has uncovered a trove of Australian talent through their annual ‘Unearthed‘ competition.
And every so often, this competition unearths an artist that combines so many different influences and cultural touchpoints to create a sound that is so good, and so unique.
Born in Bath, England to a Zulu mother and an English father, Odette moved to Australia at the age of three, and was taught piano by her father, a former jazz pianist.
These jazz and traditional Zulu influences combined with her powerful, soulful voice create a sound that has rhythm and bounce, but knows when to be delicate and soft with a melody.
Her breakout track, Watch Me Read You, combines spoken word elements (a la Kate Tempest) to a beat that’s been ripped straight from a fellow Aussies Hiatus Kaiyote track, with a chorus that showcases her brilliant voice and deft piano work.
Odette’s debut album To a Stranger helped her achieve ARIA nominations for Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Adult Contemporary Album, with Watch Me Read You reaching number 56 on Triple J’s hottest 100 list for 2017.
A rising Australian star, she’s playing Womad during March of this year. Hers is one set you’ll definitely not want to miss.
Odette will be playing Womadelaide on Saturday the 7th and Monday the 9th of March. Womadelaide runs through the 6th to the 9th of March 2020 at Botanic Park in Adelaide, Australia. Tickets are on sale now.