Friends first, singing duo second, soul sisters always.
Georgia Copeland and Nadia Latoya met in Nottingham as teenagers while both performing at a local community arts centre where Georgia practiced dance and Nadia focused on music. Bonding as individual artists in their own right, over time they formed a firm friendship built on encouragement and support for one another. Through providing backing vocals and arranging joint covers they joined forces to gig the Nottingham music scene; inevitably cultivating a longstanding desire to produce original music together.
United in music, the two songstresses formed MELONYX. Coming together as a multifaceted harmonic force, the pair embody contrast and compliment, ebb and flow, balance. Written and recorded with renowned UK Hip Hop producer Joe Buhdha, the “Black Elixir” EP (released on Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts) is the embodiment of a series of recurring conversations had between MELONYX throughout their friendship and time working together. Drawing on influences from the worlds of Hip Hop, Neo Soul and Lovers Rock, the release sheds light on the high value, power, and energy of Black women. The release has received support from the likes of DJ Ace and Rampage (BBC 1Xtra), China Moses and Tony Minvielle (Jazz FM), Domu, Toshio Matsuura, Aaron Byrd (KCRW), Mr Scruff, Bandcamp Daily, EARMILK, Worldplay Magazine and Stereofox. More recently, MELONYX worked alongside Terri Walker to record “Sugarcane & Lime” for the “Beautiful Pairings” EP; produced by Zed Bias and released on Big Community Records. The collaborating trio performed the track at Notting Hill Carnival on the Rampage Sound Stage. They were announced as Best Newcomer at the Groundbreaking BlacOut Soul Awards 2022.
MELONYX have performed at Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here Festival, Shambala, Dot To Dot, Kendal Calling, Splendour, Metrofest (London), Ronnie Herels Big RnB Show Live at Homegrown (London) and as part of the Tru Thoughts Takeovers at Lost Horizon (Bristol) and Hackney Social (London). Connecting with their musical peers, the duo have supported Children of Zeus (Metronome, Nottingham), Blue Lab Beats (Brixton Hootenanny) Don-E (Jazz Café, London), multiple events organised by soul legend Terri Walker, toured with Acoustickle and sold out their own headline show at The Chapel, Nottingham. Their Soul Selection radio show on 97.5 Kemet FM broadcasts regularly, with recent guests including Tiana Major9, and the pair have put together mixes and features for Jazz FM and Selector Radio. Harking back to their community roots, they have also given workshops aimed at getting young people involved with music and events and organised free online yoga for African and Caribbean women.Read more