Kima Otung is an independent, self-managed Welsh-Nigerian Pop / R&B music artist. 2022 was a huge year for Kima, which saw her showcased at The FIFA World Cup 2022 after being selected by the Welsh and UK Government to represent UK music at the global event. She was hailed as the “Best of British”, alongside the likes of Basement Jaxx, Jo Malone CBE, DJ Jamz Supernova and Nadiya Hussain. This year, Kima headlined Budweiser’s BRIT Awards emerging talent showcase on their innovative billboard stage, and her performance was displayed on billboards throughout the O2 Arena on BRIT Awards night. She has also performed at BAFTA this year.
Kima’s biggest musical inspiration is Beyonce, and her music is influenced by the likes of Lizzo, Doja Cat and Beyonce. Kima’s mission with her music is to help women realise their greatness. She encourages women and girls to ‘be delusional’ when it comes to their self-love and self-belief in a world that seeks to crush their sense of self.
Kima will be headlining Mach Comedy Festival this year. The festival’s founder personally asked her to be the headlining act after she performed at the festival last year on the BBC Radio Wales Stage. Kima has performed live sets on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Horizons, shows at the VIP Stage at Wembley Stadium and The Ballroom at The O2 Arena, and she has wowed crowds with her performances at festivals across the UK.
– Michael Gracey, Director of “The Greatest Showman”
Kima’s music has been featured multiple times on ITV’s hit shows Love Island and This Morning, BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, the premiere of “Step Up: High Water” on Starz as well as shows on Amazon Prime, BT Sports and Sky. Recently, Kima’s single charted at number 6 on Shazam’s Discovery Charts and her debut EP, “Note to Self” has been played in rotation across BBC Radio and added to its “Welsh A List”.
Kima has worked on several projects at Abbey Road Studios with the likes of Michael Gracey, the director of Hollywood musical “The Greatest Showman” who describes her as “stupidly talented”. She has been interviewed live on Sky News, BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Wales as a result of her rise as a standout artist in her genre. In January 2021, Kima was awarded the PRS Women Make Music award, and in 2022 she was awarded the PRS Momentum award as a result of the success of her debut EP.
“‘I’m Cute’ is the best song of the year”
– Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales and former BBC Radio 1 DJ
Kima’s debut EP, “Note to Self” amassed hundreds of thousands of streams and fans made hundreds of videos on TikTok and Instagram, and she has garnered an online fanbase of over 50,000 fans. She is currently working on her second EP, “The Immigrant Kid”, which is set for release later this year. Kima has been written about in Wonderland, Metro, Refinery29, BBC News, Wales Online, Black Ballad, The Gulf Times, ASBO Magazine, Wordplay Magazine, Culture Custodian, Mixtape Madness, Buzz Mag, Music Insider and many more.
Her love for music was cultivated when she was accepted as the youngest member of the Welsh National Youth Opera at 14 years old. Classical music, along with gospel music and Motown (which was the soundtrack to her childhood) still influence her sound to this day. As well as being a powerhouse vocalist, Kima is a multi-instrumentalist and plays the piano, drums and guitar, she also produces many of her songs.
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