A polymath by nature GAIKA’s creative output has always straddled different worlds, taking influence from academia, philosophy and political theory as much as the influence of fellow musicians. Raised in Brixton, schooled in Sutton and of Jamaican and Grenadian descent, GAIKA has never chosen a linear path in his creative outputs. “My thing has always been: be yourself — whatever you are, be that — and people will walk towards it,” GAIKA says. “I am whatever I say I am. And I want that to apply to all people of colour, all black people. This idea of what we like, make, do and how our art can be defined from outside of us is something I’ll actively try to disrupt.”


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