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Introducing: Skinny Pelembe

This Johannesburg-born, Doncaster-raised multi-talent will transport you to his sonic world and make it look easy.

He’s an impressively interesting dude who just oozes vibes. You can’t help but be drawn in. The live show in particular is an immersive experience you can’t take your eyes off.


Doya Beardmor AKA Skinny Pelembe.

The sound

Fans of Bonobo and Nicolas Jaar will be into Skinny’s sound, described on his Facebook bio as Afro Psychedelic Soul. Pelembe writes the songs, raps, sings, plays multiple instruments and ties it all together with impressive production skills. The most recent project Dreaming Is Dead Now is a 10-track LP released in 2019. The record explores issues such as love, loss and xenophobia all through a personal lens. 

It’s often jazzy as well as funky, there are elements of multiple genres on offer throughout his discography and the new record in particular. There are shades of hip-hop, reggae, house & dub among others. All of this created through clever production, intricate percussion and meticulous guitar and rhythm passages. 

Check out his “otherworldly” Colours show below:

The story

Skinny Pelembe has been turning heads with his high-quality & unique electronic music since 2017. The most influential individual to take notice early on was Brownswood Recording’s label head and legendary producer Gilles Peterson. This link provided the young talent with an opportunity to become more connected in the electronic production space and soak up some knowledge to help him expand on his interesting approach to songwriting.

Pelembe disclosed in a recent Bandcamp interview that he enjoys writing songs as soon as he wakes up, splattering the inner-workings of his sub-conscious mind all over the page. He can then re-work these ideas into the finished product heard on record. This technique is working! Skinny Pelembe’s music has been championed by Clash, Line Of Best Fit the aforementioned Bandcamp and more. He successfully wowed crowds at his recent Green Man Festival performance and with a headline London show on the horizon, Skinny Pelembe is certainly one to watch.

More essential tracks

No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish

I Just Wanna Be Your Prisoner

Where can I see him live?

For upcoming Skinny Pelembe shows in the UK hit up

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