One half of AlunaGeorge, frontwoman Aluna Francis has branched out on her own, sharing her solo debut single ‘Body Pump’.
With a debut album also on its way (and released via Diplo’s Mad Decent), Aluna describes her new solo career as a reinvention into her focus of dance music – “Having enjoyed being the main ingredient to many successful dance records, I started wanting to create the whole dish” she says.
“In the past when performing on the stages of my white male peers, I always felt like a visitor being one of the few Black women I could see, so it never fully occurred to me to claim dance music as my music, as an artist, even though it was at the heart of my connection to music…. Then I looked at the history of dance music and saw how, for example, Chicago House, known as the invention of house music, was pioneered in the Black and Latino LGTBQ+ communities which gave me inspiration to stake my flag in the ground as a Black woman in dance music by taking control of production and songwriting with my own vibe.”
Listen to ‘Body Pump’ below: