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Growing up between Lagos, Nigeria, and California, VanJess have brought an entirely new take to contemporary R&B, one that pays tribute to ‘90s greats like TLC, SWV, and Aaliyah, while instinctually inciting an inimitable style. The sisters cut their teeth online with a string of viral covers, bursting onto the scene with their self-released debut album ‘Silk Canvas’ in 2018. A definitive R&B statement, and a smooth, seductive record that took the R&B world by storm.

After months of teasing fans and captivating critics, VanJess releases their highly-anticipated EP ‘Homegrown’. “Among the best and brightest of this new school of R&B” (Heat Rocks), the Nigerian-American sister duo hone in on their glimmering, nostalgic sound to create a cohesive nine-song project that is sure to withstand the test of time. ‘Homegrown’ hosts a robust group of collaborators, including KAYTRANADA, Devin Morrison and Jimi Tents. VanJess takes the listener through an alluring sonic journey that weaves through groovy, high energy beats and slowed down, sensual harmonies. From start to finish, a.k.a. from “Come Over” to “Come Over Again,” the nine song collection is a showcase of VanJess’ elevated vocal and visual stylings—a testament to the incredible heights they’ve reached since their debut album ‘Silk Canvas.


Attention all rebels, misfits, and non-conformists! It’s time to mark your calendars because AFROPUNK BROOKLYN 2023 is coming. Get ready for an unapologetically fierce celebration of black culture and music, taking place on August 26th and 27th.



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