Born beneath the city lights of Manhattan, Ali’s eclectic combination of punk, alternative-soul and funk reflect a diverse and vibrant soundscape that refuses to be categorised.
Setting sail on a quest across the pond to seek new influences, the New Yorker has spent the last few years honing his music in the bustling confines of the capital. Drawing comparisons to the likes of FKA Twigs and Arca, the multi instrumentalist has worked with the likes of Gold Panda, Kele Okereke and Jamie Hince of The Kills, with the latter inspiring his current punk-tinged output.
It’s this originality that has garnered attention from all corners of the industry, with Line Of Best Fit proclaiming his infectious blend of soul and post-punk as “driving to the heart of a society that are falling apart at the seams“. Baba’s danceable and innovational melting pot of influences are expressed in the legitimacy of his vocal tone, traversing a fine line between rhythmic and brittle. Teaming up with long-term collaborator and guitarist Nik Balchin, Ali’s music pays homage to the ubiquitous nature of the daily grind, acting as an empathetic analysis of life with a hardened and contemplative edge.