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WHO IS SHE?

EmmoLei Sankofa is an American composer, producer, musician, and artist whose work stretches across music, visual media, and fine art. EmmoLei’s original music can be heard on AMC/Shudder’s horror anthology film Horror Noire, Lizzo’s upcoming Watch Out For the Big Grrrls series on Amazon, Starz’s forthcoming season of Step Up: High Water, the soundtrack of Travis Steven’s Jakob’s Wife, and so much more. A 2021 Sundance Composers Lab Fellow, EmmoLei worked closely with Film and Television composers on her craft. The creative advisors for the intensive included Kathryn Bostic, Laura Karpman, Blake Neely, Heather McIntosh, George S. Clinton, Mychael Danna, Jeff Rona, and Christopher Willis. EmmoLei has also collaborated with some of the best emerging and award-winning filmmakers, including Zandashé Brown, Elijah Bynum, Rhea Dillion, Jonathan Lewis, Imani Dennison, Sekani Solomon, Ajiri Akpolo, and more. Her original music has been married to films screened at HBO, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Lionsgate, Warner Bros, the Oakland Museum of California, film festivals in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago Savannah, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Laughlin, and beyond. EmmoLei has also worked with top brands like Nike, Vans, Buzzfeed, Pandora, Kamala Harris for the People, Pulse Films, and more via her creative audio company, Bèl Son.

 

EmmoLei’s discography encompasses over twenty-one independently released albums, EP’s, and singles collectively and embodies a mixture of genres but often integrates soul, jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. Her single, “Don’t Fight,” was recently included on Adult Swim’s OPUS compilation album. As a musician, she has performed with Nelly, Ella Mai, Kurt Schneider, and more and recently had her debut performance as a solo act on Mobley’s “Devil in a Daydream” Virtual Tour. EmmoLei participated in the 2021 “Songs of Pride” songwriting camp hosted by Universal Music Publishing Group, where she collaborated with emerging songwriters/artists Amanda Cygnaeus and Nate Traveller. An alum of The Recording Academy’s 2021 NEXT program, EmmoLei is an emerging talent and active voice among the next generation of music industry leaders. 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.

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.