The Dylema Collective is a one year old spoken-soul poetry-music project that loves and infectiously blends all things neo-soul, contemporary jazz and floaty R&B. Thematically, Dylema's poetry addresses matters of race, gender and individuality; values reiterated by the acronym hidden in her name: “Do You, Let Every Man Adapt”.
After curating a sold-out December 2016 show in London, the collective's year so far has been full of adventure: headlining at London’s Rich Mix, and joining award-winning jazz artists Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd at The Jazz Café. This summer brings the band’s first music festival performances, including a visit to Wonder Fields, independent dreamland Brainchild Arts Festival and multi-award-winning Shambala Festival.
They have also showcased their rich albeit young tapestry of work at Islington’s auspicious Union Chapel in early July, as well as London’s Southbank Centre as part of the Africa Utopia Festival - all part of their Summer 2017 pre-single-release UK Tour. With no music yet available anywhere, they countdown to the already anticipated release.
"Sweeet neo-spoken-soul. Dope-ass funk. Multi-sensory killa-jazz. The kinda music that makes your brain and booty dance."
"Drawing on a smorgasbord of musical influences - inevitable considering the diverse backgrounds of its members - you find Russian classicism and Nigerian Afrobeat meeting Latin American rhythms and old-school soul, all woven into London’s contemporary jazz sound. The inspiring, empowering poetry that flows from Dylema’s lips and effortlessly between these poly-rhythms and sounds makes for an overall magnetic experience; one full of trembling crescendos, tingling intimacy and simpering sexuality."