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Four rising singer-songwriters to check out this weekend

Your Dolby Inspired to Inspire Artist Spotlight Talent Search runner-ups.

September 11, 2020
Four rising singer-songwriters to check out this weekend Edy Blu (Christopher Smith), Amanda Ong (Songbird Serenade SG), Tony Kill, Moonga K (Mwape Kapambwe)

Dolby’s new app Dolby On can elevate a live performance to a studio-quality recording at the flip of a switch. We invited our readers to try it out for themselves for a shot at a FADER profile, and were totally floored by the dozens and dozens of submissions. While Johannesburg trio Art Bishups won this round, we wanted to give a shout-out to four other entries that really captivated us with their performances.

Moonga K.

Performed from the sanctuary of his backyard, Zambian-born, Botswana-raised, Johannesburg-based artist Moonga K.’s “Heartbeat 8” blossoms like the flowers surrounding him. The song appears on his project an ode to growth, pt. 1, which dropped earlier this year.

Amanda Ong

Let it be known that all rising songwriter Amanda Ong needs is her voice and a guitar to tackle her problems. “Leave Me Alone” is due to release in early 2021, following the arrival of her new EP, Amanda.

Tony Kill

Freshly-penned just before performing the track in an empty tennis court, Tony Kill’s ambient synthscape drones in and out before settling on an ice cold beat. It sounds like a proper kiss-off to the summer that never was.

Edy Blu

There’s a deep resilience emanating from yoga teacher and songwriter Edy Blu’s performance of “Universal, a song she penned with Hunt Stout following her move from Oakland back to Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Four rising singer-songwriters to check out this weekend