Eki Shola

My inspiration

While grieving the devastating loss of my mum (her name was Hope), I decided to write music and soon found that my "why" was not only to heal myself but to also share the transformation I was going through as a way to help others. Several years later, after a traumatic escape and losing my home and clinic I worked at in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, I gained a deeper sense of purpose and resilience. The lessening of grief and the boost of positive energy and creativity gained through composing and performing, have helped me tremendously in coping with loss, and I share my creations with the world to impart hope and inspiration.

Latest Album,還 (Kaeru)

還 (Kaeru)

Eki Shola

還 (Kaeru) means "to return home". I’ve felt restless and displaced since emigrating from London as a child. Not really fitting into each community I’ve touched down in, as an immigrant I’ve increasingly wondered where home is for me. I’ve traveled to many countries, however, it is Japan that speaks most to me, validating the strong connection I

還 (Kaeru) means "to return home". I’ve felt restless and displaced since emigrating from London as a child. Not really fitting into each community I’ve touched down in, as an immigrant I’ve increasingly wondered where home is for me. I’ve traveled to many countries, however, it is Japan that speaks most to me, validating the strong connection I felt when first visiting 20 years ago as a medical student. It is therefore not a coincidence that I had the wonderful opportunity to record 還 (Kaeru) with local musicians Uma Ebina, Tatsuya Okabayashi, and Hidenori Tsugita at Tepemok Studio, a former hospital in Ushimado.

Through the journey of composing 還 (Kaeru), the process delivered answers to the exact questions that needed to be asked. 還 (Kaeru) represents the evolution of embracing and honoring what’s known deeply within, the joy of reclaiming authenticity, and how to return home to both within the self and outer world. I have indeed returned home.

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Support for Eki Shola includes: NPR/USA, PBS/USA, BBC 3/UK, NTS/Global, Soho Radio/London, LeBon Mix/France, CKUA/Canada, Sveriges Radio/Sweden, Totally Wired Radio/London, Dublin City FM/Ireland, PBS FM/Australia, Cashmere Radio/Berlin, WDR/Germany, KEXP/Seattle, KALX/Berkeley, BFF.FM/San Francisco, Dublab/Los Angeles, Ah!World Music/Mexico, KMNO/Hawaii, WZRD/Chicago, WNYU/New York, WHUH/Connecticut, WCBN/Michigan, WXPN/Philadelphiaand more.

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