The KTNA: “We push against the narrative that female artists need to be perfect and positive”

“It was too personal, too deep – too dark.” This is one of the reactions that Mancunian-raised, Kenyan-born sisters Millie and Hope Katana received from industry heads on their 2019 EP Life Under Siege. With thick Lancashire accents and bold humour, the twins, who perform as The KTNA, represent a wave of artists from the…

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Chloe Foy on her debut album and the live performance gap in Manchester

Chloe Foy’s debut album Where Shall We Begin has been a long time in the making. The Manchester-based singer-songwriter’s latest folk release features haunting, introspective lyrics that tell a story spanning ten years. I caught up with Foy to discuss the album, her difficult relationship with streaming services and the live music scene in Manchester.…

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Manchester Collective: A cultural organisation for “people who live in the real world”

Classical music has a reputation for being uppity, a bit exclusionary. But Manchester Collective, co-founded in 2016 by their music director Rahki Singh, and chief executive Adam Szabo, set out to be different: “We had just both got to the point where we were really sick of seeing audiences that were old and white and very affluent.”   In fact, when I spoke to Adam, he was…

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