Summer Walker or Snoh Aalegra infused with South Indian instrumentation, to have a rough idea of the wonder of the profound magic of Priya's beguiling music. Produced by her brother, Japhna Gold, and written entirely by Priya and her brother, the music is drenched in the sounds of her cultural heritage, from grand Kollywood samples (similar to Bollywood, but hailing from Tamil Nadu in southern India) and Krishna mantras to traditional tabla and the Tamil language itself. Her music is an essential snapshot of Sri Lankan and South Indian sounds, from Kuthu street dances to religious chants typically heard in temples to influences from musicians like Ilyaraja, Deva, and A.R. Rahman, all while keeping both feet firmly in the moment. Priya has a remarkable voice. It is warm and melodic, yet infused with an effortless emotion that can express joy as well as desire.
Her songs are about subverting expectations, Priya says: "I want to challenge the stereotypes that Sri Lankan people are essentially all cooks, cleaners or salespeople. People who are looked down upon. People who are rarely envied or desired. I'm proud of who I am. And my music celebrates that."
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