Zimbabwe-born and London-raised, Ashleigh Bankx is a breath of fresh air, who brings with her a unique combination of musical influences to distinguish her from the crowd. She grew up initially listening to Zimbabwean gospel music, afro jazz influenced by a style of township rhythm that evolved in the southern part of Africa, and sungura (a local Zimbabwean genre consisting of lead, rhythm and bass guitar melodies), before arriving in the UK as a child and falling in love with R&B/soul, pop and hip-hop.
“I instantly fell in love with the passion and emotion that poured out of the artists’ vocals and lyrics, as well as the instrumentation in their music”, says Ashleigh. She describes her music as a fusion of all these genres mixed with her own unique spin, while also drawing inspiration from the likes of Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill alongside contemporary artists such as Rihanna.
There’s something so compellingly unique about Ashleigh Bankx and her stunning musicality. On “Angel,” her voice grooves effortlessly over a juicy guitar arrangement. This is R&B at its most intimate, its most honest. The intensity in her vocals is apparent through her tactful use of vibrato and vocal fry. This song is a definite bop.