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2019 was a banner year for Lafawndah. ‘Ancestor Boy’, released on her own imprint Concordia that spring, was met with enthusiastic acclaim. A record loaded with trap doors, Lafawndah’s intricate production style marries with her vocal performances which oscillate between the warm secrecy of a whisper, and a loud and generous rallying cry. Co-produced with fellow travellers Nick Weiss, ADR and L-Vis 1990, and featuring performances from the likes of Jon Hassell, Kelsey Lu, Gaika, and more, it featured on ‘Best of the Year’ lists from the likes of Dazed, Resident Advisor, Bandcamp, Dummy, and FACT, as well as collecting praise from NPR, Vogue, and The Guardian.
Her work as a director continued to expand, too, with films for her lullaby ‘Joseph’, standout single ‘Daddy’, and the captivating ‘Substancia’ showcasing her cinematic eye, selected for presentation by Nowness and Boiler Room’s 4:3. ‘Ancestor Boy II’, released at the end of the year, proved her curatorial ear and passion - a call for collaboration across peers at the forefront of new music, and from across the world. The release also heralded the announcement of a new production & DJ chapter with Cõvco, as the duo stepped out as Fara Fara. Further, a long-awaited live performance of ‘Le Renard Bleu’, her 2018 record with Japanese ambient master Midori Takada, took place in the form of ‘Ceremonial Blue’, commissioned by the Barbican London, as well as new incursions into contemporary art and fashion, with Laure Prouvost for the Venice Biennale and with Jeff Mills for Courrèges.
This year anchors Lafawndah as a descendent of forbearers Brigitte Fontaine and Scott Walker - a born theatric who finds her imagination more agile than ever, with a drive to push her compositions into live iterations ever deeper and more aflame.