ALO WALA is the sound of a new Europe, a new world, and a new way of thinking about one another as belonging to an interconnected global society. Today in a time when dancehall and hip hop informed culture has taken hold worldwide, local club DJs, multi-lingual rappers and bedroom producers are coming into their own and becoming leaders of a new generation. ALO WALA is poised to step out as one of the bright lights of this movement.
ALO WALA, meaning “The light vendor” in a Bengali and Hindi melange is Chicago-born rapper, Shivani Ahlowalia. ALO WALA tours with Tropical Bass pioneers Copia Doble Systema; the live show swanks energetically-charged vocals delivered by ALO WALA; hefty percussion from boy wonder Clerici; and hypnotically magniloquent live visuals from VJ Mad Es.
More than a bedroom vocalist rapping over sample-based rhythms from foreign lands, ALO WALA’s debut EP, CITYBOY, was released on Buraka Sound Systema’s Enchufada label in November of 2014 and is marked by a lifetime of journeys. Having lived in the USA, India, Guinea-Bissau, Spain and Denmark, Shivani brings profound universal insight into the studio. When her hypnotic flow met with the Danish production unit: Julius Sylvest & Copyflex from Copia Doble Systema, known for experimenting in everything from reinterpretations of traditional Cumbia to Italian Gangsta Rap, a well-informed galactic soundtrack for our globally mobile age was created.
ALO WALA’s sound is the result of the increasingly small world we live in. This trans-national project produced by herself and Copia Doble Systema, features the who’s who of producers in the global bass scene including: Schlachthofbronx, The Clerk, Eloq, Boody, Nucleya, Brooklyn Shanti and even a feature on Buraka Som Sistema’s most recent album BURAKA with the tune, “In A Minute.”
Earlier this year ALO WALA dropped Vibrate To Win, a three- track EP premiered by The Fader, especially engineered with the hip hop heads in mind. Guest verses from the likes of Jahdan Blakkamoore and MC Zulu have ALO WALA tapping the greatest innovating voices of the scene. Italian-Congolese MC, Mudimbi, may be less known but his flow has young Italians of African diaspora twisting their heads and standing up with pride.