Presented by Fifty Lab Music Festival • BE
Friday 18.11 • 22:10 - 22:50 | Ancienne Belgique / AB Club
His name comes across as an unavoidable nod to the idea of forgiveness ("smahli" in Arabic), as to betray the singer’s true temperament.
Before making it into the spotlight with his debut EP released back in November 2020, Smahlo had already made a name for himself landing the Red Bull Elektropedia prize for most promising artist of 2021, having barely scouted the field with a few tracks to his name. Produced alongside PH Trigano (Ichon, L'Or du Commun), Phasm (Roméo Elvis, Peet) or guitarist Youri Botterman (Damso, Lous and The Yakuza), the collaborations all seem to be linked by a thread, a story with great sensitivity and sincere moments shared in the studio.
The Belgian and Congolese artist stands out with his sharp voice delivering hard-hitting lyrics that dig into his reality thanks to an impressive vocal range, raw and yet intricately soothing.
Feeling melancholic at times, he harks back to the days gone by but bears no regrets, because the road taken was worth all the twists and turns Powering through the challenges and doubts, Smahlo’s career continues to rise thanks to unmistakably modern and caring songs.