CASI

Hailing from the north of Wales and now based in Hackney, London, Casi spoke only Welsh for the first decade of her life, and the earliest songs she wrote came in her mother tongue. Aged 11, she penned an acapella concept album based on the lives of her Barbie dolls, recording it on her Pop Idol karaoke microphone, which included a “bonus Welsh language translation of Kelly Clarkson’s, “Because Of You”” that was sadly never released. Music became a passion, and one that overwhelmed her as she learnt English while discovering artists around the world utilizing music as a form of resistance reinforcing her perception of how popular culture can exist not only as art but as a means of protest. Descendant of an ancient tradition whose language and identity is as mythical as it is threatened and in possession of a modern determination, Casi’s music embodies a culture’s struggle to survive, to evolve and find its voice.

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