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WHO IS SHE?

EmmoLei Sankofa is an American composer, singer-songwriter, record producer, sound artist, and multi-instrumentalist whose work stretches across music, visual media, and fine art.

 

EmmoLei founded Bèl Son, a creative audio collective, in which she has worked with some of the best emerging filmmakers on a wide variety of award-winning films and visual media projects for top brands like Buzzfeed, Pandora, Art Not War, Kamala Harris for the People, and Pulse Films to name a few. Her most notable film projects as a composer include JIM, directed by the late Christopher Black; Power Women, a documentary commissioned by NIKE in London and directed by Rhea Dillon; Parallax, starring Deron Horton from Dear White People (Series); Kitchen, a film by media powerhouse BLAVITY and featured in the Oakland Museum of California; and, Transcendent, directed by Emmy-award winning animator Sekani Solomon and highlighted on Trinidad’s CNC3 TV network. EmmoLei has scored films that have been screened at HBO, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Lionsgate, Warner Bros, and film festivals in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago Savannah, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Laughlin, and more. She is currently working on two documentary features, a host of other projects, and recently completed the prestigious 2021 Sundance Composer Intensive.

 

EmmoLei’s discography encompasses over twenty-one independently released albums, EP’s, and singles collectively. Her sound embodies a mixture of genres but often integrates soul, jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. EmmoLei and her work have been featured on various platforms, including Lyrical Lemonade, LANDR, Saint Heron, OC Weekly, The Recording Academy, Gender Amplified, Billboard, and more. Her single, "Don't Fight," was recently included on Adult Swim's OPUS compilation album.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The past is great, but the present is greater. Ask someone else what I have done. Ask me what I am doing. The bulk of my work involves honoring and learning from the past in order to create the sound of the future. I am a blend of that old familiar tune, the beauty of every moment that is now, and a mark of the questionable things to come. I am the past, present, and future.