Introducing South West London newcomer Alana Sukul with R&B-tinged funk-pop single ‘Be Friends’


Olivia Rayner

This past year has given all of us room to reflect, including 18-year-old artist Alana Sukul who found herself searching for a new way to express a wealth of emotions. Her music has always been a route of catharsis and so when the end of a close friendship shook Sukul to the core, she naturally turned to songwriting. The end result is the funky pop production of ‘Be Friends’, underpinned by a sensitive acoustic guitar and buoyant bass. All of this vibrant activity is topped off by Sukul’s luxurious R&B-inflected vocals that sincerely ask “can’t we just be friends?” while respecting the boundaries of her former friend. Here, Alana Sukul gives a little insight into the motivation behind the song:

"Friendship breakups can sometimes hurt a lot worse than your typical romantic breakup, I hope this song will help listeners to grieve over the loss by dancing it out.”


Alana Sukul is an exciting, new-on-the-scene artist emerging from South West London. With parents hailing from the Caribbean, she has grown up surrounded by the influences from her culture that she has interpreted into her image, musical style and character, while also blending in the vibe of hip-hop culture. Although she is often perceived as a soulful R&B artist, she refuses to be identified as fitting into any single genre and instead experimenting with a variety of sounds and styles such as her current favourite, R&B-tinged funk-pop.

Similarly known for unapologetically breaking stereotypes within her style, Sukul has been studying music for eight ongoing years and she began to create music at the age of 16. Using it to speak up against mental health issues and the toll it can take on a person, she writes music for those unable or unwilling to express their emotions, but can do so vicariously through listening to her music. Growing up, the right music for Sukul had been her therapy and she aspires to do the same for others.

After removing her previous work in search of a fresh start, Alana Sukul began recreating her sound at the age of 18 in the lockdown, all from the sanctuary of her bedroom. Her goal is to give a voice to those who need it, in the most positive way possible.

Source Olivia Rayner

July 23, 2021 7:12am ET by Olivia Rayner  

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