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Kadija Kamara

We’ve had plenty of live music at TT since opening our doors in 2016, from steel drummers for Angostura’s ‘House of Angostura’ takeover, to full-blown punk bands for Volcom’s ‘Shoot Rainbows into Fascism’ launch, but in 2021 we decided to make live music a regular occurrence at our Shoreditch venue with the introduction of TT Live Sessions.

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TT Live Sessions are monthly music nights featuring soulful performances from established and up-and-coming artists held across TT Liquor on the first Tuesday of each month. They’re always free entry and through them we’ve been lucky enough to see some of our favourite international artists perform.

For our first official Live Session in October 2021, we welcomed the incredibly talented London-based singer-songwriter Kadija Kamara.

2018 saw the release of Kadija Kamara’s first EP, Nothing Left To Lose, which garnered her praise from the likes of CLASH magazine and BBC Introducing. In late 2020, Kadija released Best Moves, a soulful, synth-backed summer floor-filler produced by frequent collaborator, Max Grunhard of Ibibio Sound Machine.

Always the
first Tuesday
of the month

Free Entry

With her distinct sound and her enigmatic stage presence, Kadija Kamara’s journey as an artist is sure to take her to lofty heights and we were thrilled to host her at this early stage in her career.

The night kicked off with an RnB set from DJ and TT Head of Music, Chris P Cuts. He set the tone with tracks by Angie Stone and Dwele but the crowd really got going when Chris dropped Teedra Moses’ Be Your Girl and had everyone singing along.

Kadija took to the stage, tambourine in hand, accompanied by her guitarist, Reuben and settled into the space, finding her range and immediately capturing the attention of the audience with her first verse.

In her carefully curated moments of silence, the soft rhythmic sound of shaking cocktails filtered through to the back area of the Cellar where Kadija was performing. Drinks were flowing fast as audience members rushed to the bar in between songs, eager not to miss any of Kadija Kamara’s enthralling set.

After grabbing the crowd’s attention with her first song, Kadija held it firmly with her next, a cover of Lizzo’s Juice, which had the whole room joining in on the chorus. This was followed by a smoky, stripped back rendition of her latest single, Best Moves.

The whole evening really set the mood for TT’s Live Sessions going forward, Kadija’s quintessentially soulful sound and rapturous energy captured the essence and intention of these nights perfectly.

As Kadija left the stage to enthusiastic applause, Chris got back on the decks, keeping the vibes going with more classic R&B and sultry neo-soul, leaving the crowd hotly anticipating the next month’s Live Session.

  • Our music philosophy, in one word, is “SOULFUL.” It’s a journey through Disco, Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk and everything in between coming in two forms; intimate, stripped-back live sessions, featuring new performers on the first Tuesday of every month, and resident DJs and guest headliners taking care of the soundtrack throughout the building the rest of the time.

    All our music programming is curated by head of music Chris P Cuts.

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    7th May 2024

  • Cappo

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    5th March 2024

  • Shortee Blitz

    17th November 2023

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  • Ruby Wood

    3rd October 2023

  • Talulah Ruby

    5th of September 2023

  • C.Tappin

    1st of August 2023

  • Raquel Martins

    4th of July 2023

  • NIA

    6th of June 2023

  • Georgie Sweet

    2nd of May 2023

  • Kiina & Friends

    4th of April 2023

  • White Girl Wasted

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  • Shortee Blitz

    21st October

  • Kyra

    18th of October 2022

  • Profusion

    4th of October 2022

  • Sharky

    6th of September 2022

  • Plumm

    2nd of August 2022

  • Sophya

    5th of July 2022

  • Daniella Wizard

    7th of June 2022

  • Joshua Idehen

    4th of May 2022

  • Benny Morrell

    2nd of March 2022

  • Alma De La Selva

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  • Lash Marash (Hand Pan)

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