During the previous edition of Motel Mozaique, Ala.ni – almost out of the blue – proved to be one of the fascinating, unforgettable highlights. The London-based musician and artist initially replaced Moses Sumney, but too held the Paradijskerk in the palm of her hand with a truly unique blend of jazz, soul and folk noir. Ala.ni fits perfectly into the pop tradition of background vocalists who ultimately tread a successful career of their own: she performed in the past with artists as diverse as Blur, Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli.
Ala.ni is obviously a versatile person, a born performer who has family ties to, for example, Hutch Hutchinson, one of the most notorious cabaret artists of the 20s. She loves jazz musicians as Cole Porter, as well as folk heroes like Jack Ross. Ala.ni also preserves a taste for the sepia-toned avant-garde films by Maya Deren. All these diverse influences seep in somehow in her exciting music and live shows.
A talent of such magnitude, who undoubtedly has much more in store for the future after her mesmerizing debut album You & I. Tonight she will make her return at the Paradijskerk: because it was so special to Motel Mozaïque, we had to do it again. Ala.ni is already a true phenomenon.