Global Week: Get To Know Lianne La Havas


Born: August 23, 1989
Hometown: London, England
Claim to Fame: “Lost & Found,” Is Your Love Big Enough?

Soundtrack of my youth: The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly.” I first heard that when I was seven; it was great. Reminds me of my childhood every time
Instrument I’d like to learn: The harp. It’s the most beautiful sounding thing and seems to employ techniques on a piano and guitar. I play [both], so I wonder if I’d take to it easily
Morning must-have: I got an espresso machine for my birthday, so I’ve been making soy milk cappuccinos. It’s quite fantastic
A good-ass night: I love cooking and entertaining, so I’d invite my closest friends over for a dinner party, have jokes and end with a movie night
Favorite movie: Buffalo 66. It’s drama with a very slight dark humor

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Hairstyle I’d never rock: The shaved-head look. I love hair—the bigger the better
Non-musical talent: I really love to paint in watercolor. Drawing repeated patterns and trying different color techniques, shading. I just make stuff up
My X-factor: I’ve set out to not sound like anyone. I have a band but all the songs start off with just me on a guitar—playing the electric guitar in a solo-oriented way is different. The need for live, tangible, real-life music that you can touch and feel and has truth—that’s what I’m offering. —John Kennedy

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