Former Miss Universe, Leila Lopes, Launches New Record Label, 'The Uprise'
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If there’s one woman who smashes the stereotype of a beauty queen, it’s Leila Lopes. When the former Miss Universe isn’t competing in beauty pageants, she’s rallying for awareness of HIV/AIDS, or brushing up on the degree in Business Management she gained from University of Suffolk.
Now, the polymath is using her spectrum of talents and business acumen to launch brand new record label, The Uprise. The Angolan native is aiming to unite nations through the universal language of music. Ushering elements of Brazilian (Baile) Funk and Kuduro, and American Hip Hop into the UK’s world of grime, the London-based record label already boasts a roster of diverse artists equipped to challenge the paradigm of mainstream music.
Leila Lopes says: “The idea behind the music is make uplifting, unique, meaningful music in this era where so much sounds the same. It’s also to try and connect people from all different cultures and backgrounds because we understand music is universal.”
The label’s first signings include all-round performer Grace Rhodes who merges pop sensibilities with diasporic production, and underground star Andi McErnest.
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August 2, 2018 10:15am ET by Pressparty