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What is home? At four years old Becky Sikasa is sat next to her mother in the music room of her parents‘ house at the piano, plays her first notes, sings with her siblings: „Mostly spirituals, ‚My Lord what a morning‘ and such“, from a worn, frayed music book. The music room in her parents‘ house in Augsburg burns down at some point, but the musical home remains. Sikasa finds her father’s Prince records, first learns the piano, then the violin like her aunt, later the guitar, and begins to write lyrics, which she still writes down in pencil in flimsy jotters. She gets the inspiration for her songs from everyday observations, scenes from life, art and literature. For example, „Work of Love“ was inspired by „The Art of Loving“ by German philosopher Erich Fromm. Sikasa ties these moments to herself; delves deep to tie her heart to her words – with a voice as versatile as it is grounded. Trails of vocal harmony weave effortlessly through colourful arrangements to complete explorative, vibrant off-pop tracks. Organic R’n’B productions of warm guitars and piano parts create space for her to tell her story. Like on her contribution for Black History Month, where she takes the audience on an audio-visual journey through language, identity and growing up as a person of colour in rural Germany.
Her move to Scotland in 2012 hones her songwriting skills. Sikasa’s first project there starts with the idea of giving a concert in Edinburgh every night for a month. She plays dozens of concerts, from grubby pubs and cute cafés through to dingy clubs and festivals. The songs are written away from all the hustle and bustle. Alone at night, away from the expectations of the day, flashing displays and unexpected phone calls.
Then it’s back to those questions of belonging, identity and connection. About being more than just one. About the belief in finding a home in the in-between. A home in music. For Becky Sikasa and for all those who listen.