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  • Writer's pictureKristine England

Camilla George

Nigerian-born Camilla George now makes her home in London. Playing and studying music since she was a child, George went on to graduate from the Trinity College of Music where she earned a Masters degree in Jazz. She’s been a member of Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine's Venus Warriors, the all-female “supergroup” with George on alto saxophone (along with ourJazz Cafe featured artist Nubya Garcia, and others).

In 2017, she released her debut recording as a leader, Isang, which the Guardian touted as “engaging jazz you want to dance to.” The Standard called her “girl with the golden touch,” and she was nominated as a RIsing Star by British Jazz Awards.

Critics were even more impressed with her 2018 follow-up, The People Could Fly. The title is based on a picture book by Virginia Hamilton depicting the dream of slaves who wanted to fly home to Africa. The entire project inspired by African folk tales as Jazz Reviews notes, “The shadows of slavery and oppression are evoked in the affecting ballad ‘Little Eight John’, beautifully sung by Cherise Adams-Burnett.” All About Jazz proclaims the record, “even better than her first...George proves here that she's rapidly maturing into one of the UK's finest altoists and composers.”

Mami Wata



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