Headstrong, poetic and personal. Vocalist Rita Zipora brings a breath of fresh air to the Dutch musical landscape. Her debut album Als Ik Kijk is to be expected on the 10th of January 2014. As a preview she released her single Wasem, which was well received by 3voor12 and 3FM Radio who directly placed her single on the playlist.
Rita Zipora (Amsterdam, 1987) graduated from the Conservatory in The Hague, performed in the Vondelpark open-air theater and already did shows in Bilbao and Paris.
When talking about roll models, says Zipora, she chooses Spinvis.
“But it’s all about originality. Therefore I moved away from his music, did not make any concessions during the recording process and stayed close to my own ideas and sound.”
In the beginning of 2013, Rita went into the studio with her band that exists of Tristan Hupe on keys, Korné ter Steege bass (Rina Mushonga) and on drums Jelle Huiberts (Kris Berry & Perquisite). Guided by producer Attie Bauw (a.o. Racoon, Ellen ten Damme, Scorpions) the band worked intensely on Als Ik Kijk. A whit of Portishead, a shred of Massive Attack, her own Dutch lyrics and her own band: a unique new sound in Dutch music.
Her lyrics are about life themes that a twenty year old endures when becoming an adult, who looks at the world with perplexity and amazement. “But the music does not grab back to the past. The lyrics are very important, it's the world how I see it. It's about me in the Netherlands, but the music is not typically Dutch. I'm influenced by nineties Britpop, the music I listened to as a child. I have taken this inspiration with me into the studio were we have worked with soundscapes and a wealth of tones."
Shortly after the last song was finished, concerts in the Melkweg and Paradiso already followed. She will perform at Noorderslag in Groningen a week after the release of her album Als ik Kijk.