A force to be reckoned with, Ngaio is more than just a singer. This powerhouse of a performer can switch from a killer DJ set to delivering intricate jazz harmonies with a voice that could have stepped out of the 1940s, to heart hitting spoken word.
A collection of neo-soul vocals, jazz-inspired backing and African rhythms with a backbone of Bristol’s underground sub spine, NGAIO draws influence from all walks of life which can be heard through her music, words and song selections. Whether delivering as a singer, lyricist or DJ, every outing is grounded in journey, discovery, and community. Born in London, now a twenty years strong Bristolian, Ngaio has been skating across musical scene since she could walk. As well as being the musical director of Bristol’s Bass Choir. She has been organising and promoting events since setting up her own night Booty Bass which was started in 2018 as a way to provide a platform for more female DJs.
It’s rare to find a performer with this many strings to their bow. Ngaio’s versatility as an artist has seen her moving audiences to standing ovations in St George’s Hall with a soul striking vocals, spark tears though truth laden lyrics, destroy dancefloors with selections old and new that take crowds on a journey of nostalgia and discovery and sometimes combine all three!
2019 sees NGAIO bring her jazz-influenced vocals into the live scene with her EP’s single set to be released on Saffron Records September 19th. Bristol label Durkle Disco’s 2018 Cardinal Sound remix of See Them from her debut EP reached clubs from Europe to Australia marrying soul with UK Funky.
2019 was a huge year for NGAIO with 10 festival performances across Glastonbury, Boomtown, Strawberries & Creem, Love Saves The Day, The Downs Festival, Shambala, NASS Festival, Nozstock: Hidden Valley, Afro Fest, St Pauls Carnival, and guesting on Rinse FM, Flex FM, 1020 Radio and Noods Radio.
As well as performing, NGAIO founded Booty Bass as a space for womxn to come together and play big, bad, unapologetic bangers. Since its conception in 2018 it’s become a space that promotes an appreciation of different cultures and sounds from across the world where dancing and laughing is key.