Melika, alias Nkisi, makes a statement with her music, but also nurtures, inspires, comforts, and energises, creating an infinity of evolving non-conforming possibilities for her creative pursuits. She established herself in London’s underground scene via her vivid club-fuelled tracks, demanding full attention with exhilarating energy when heard. Her music evoking references from gabber, doomcore and African club, to the sonic spirals of sci-fi and 1970s Italian horror films. In 2015, NON WORLDWIDE was founded with her peers Chino Amobi and Angel-Ho, a collective and label focused on uncompromised music from across Africa and the diaspora, “who use sound as their primary media, to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power.” Nkisi’s music and artistic projects are intimate, her inspirations ever-layered in her productions yet with a careful conscious to harmonise each indistinct thread.
- 2015 NON WORLDWIDE formed with Chino Amobi + Angel-Ho
- 2016 Soundtracked Paul Maheke: 'I Lost Track of the Swarm', South London Gallery
- 2017 Soundtracked Zinzi Minott’s 'What Kind of Slave Would I be?', Rich Mix, London
- 2017 Premiered The Dark Orchestra performance, AND Festival, UK
- 2017 Provided music for Jamila Johnson-Small: 'i ride in colour and soft focus no longer anywhere', Rich Mix, London
- 2018 Sonic lecture in response to Paul Maheke’s 'A fire circle for a public hearing', Chisenhale Gallery, London
- 2018 'Resonance (Forced Vibrations)' exhibition, Arcadia Missa Gallery, London
- 2018 Composed soundtrack for multimedia installation 'Levant' by Paul Maheke in collaboration with Ligia Lewis at Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris
- 2018 Composed music for Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends 'Do the Right Thing: Emergent Emergencies', HAU2, Berlin
- 2019 Nkisi releases her first full album entitled ‘7 Directions’ with UIQ, January 18th
- 2019 Nkisi presents 'Ngbaduma' - a three-day residency with London's Cafe OTO with Aniche Buanda, Paul Maheke, and more.