Enuma is a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist who plays an organic blend of soul, folk rock, and jazz. She intuitively combines genres without compromising the essence of her sound. Enuma is a person who is known to stay true to herself and her art. Her music has been played on CIUT 89.5 FM and she has performed at events such as Culture Shock Community Arts Festival and the 106 & Urban Arts Festival. She is currently taking steps to share her music across Canada and beyond.
Enuma is a graduate of Nia Centre’s “Art Of Facilitation” program and participated in performances and workshops for Peel Region.
1. What most excites you about your art, and what role do you think Artists play in the wider society?
What most excites me about music is its capacity to bring life to the dead. You don’t even have to be actively listening to a song for it to have some sort of influence or effect on your mood or subconscious. I don’t take any part of the creative process lightly, and I put a lot of thought into every composition, rhythm, the colours of each chord chosen and the impact of every line I write.
I believe that artists are the gate keepers of culture and play such a vital role in the preservation of humanity’s history. We also act as guides for the future.
This very moment? “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by The S.O.S Band.
The song is groovy and sensual, but it’s also very positive and uplifting in its sound. I also think that it serves as a good mantra for how I want to succeed; slowly and surely. I’m learning that you can’t rush your own development and you have to enjoy every step of the journey.
3. From storytelling to outdoor improv theatre, historically the African diaspora has rich legacies of diverse artistic practices, why do you think this is so?
We all came from Africa. It’s our past, present and future. I feel so proud to be a musician of African descent, because we have influenced so much of what we know of music’s history. Salsa music, blues, jazz, reggae, hip hop, samba, and country music (the banjo is an African instrument) were all birthed from or touched by creative souls from Africa. It’s extraordinary and I’m honoured to have the gifts and the opportunities to continue that legacy.
4. If you weren’t an Artist what would you be and why?
I actually went to the University of Toronto to study political science, sociology, and French in order to become a lawyer. I’m a proud drop-out and I’m glad that I veered off path. I only chose that career as a possibility for myself because I thought that was the best way for me to help the community. Now I am more than confident that I affect more people through my art.
5. What is one thing most people don’t know about you and would never guess?
I am half British.