“I can talk all I want, but I know I won’t be sidetracked. No one can come between what I’m planning.”
Last July at Lovebox festival, DJ and broadcaster Tiffany Calver brought Pa Salieu out to perform live for the first time to a crowd who, for the most part, didn’t yet know his name. “I’m telling you, that day pushed me. After that day, it’s like I can see it in the horizon like you can see the sun rising,” he says now, reflecting on how that vision has come to life this year since dropping his breakout track, “Frontline”, in January.
Catching up with Calver for our Autumn issue, Salieu reflects on his early years spent in Gambia and the values his family instilled in him, as well as the lessons he learned moving to Coventry and why the recognition he’s experiencing isn’t phasing him at all. Looking to the future, he talks about a new mixtape in the works, the impact he wants to have beyond music, what else is on the horizon and why establishing his name is only the first step.
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