Born into a creative family, her Dad ran reggae nights in the early seventies, Ophelia grew up following the pop charts and getting her musical education from a diverse selection of artists; from Johnny Cash to Jimmy Cliff. At 15 she made friends with a group of teenage MC, DJ and graffiti boys who invited her into the magical world of hip hop. It was then that she fell in love, especially with Tommy Evans whose UK hip hop classic "Ophelia" is where she found her name.
It wasn’t until Ophelia was travelling in America that she was first introduced to her contemporaries, plucking up the courage to rap at an open-mic night in San Francisco. She raised the roof in a tough Afro-American club, which is no mean feat, especially considering it was her first time on stage. "It was an amazing moment for me. I couldnt wait to get home and refine it" says Ophelia. Since returning from her travels she has knuckled down to her music and relocated to London.
Ophelia now lives in an abandoned primary school in south east London, where she writes all her songs. She is working on her first mixtape which samples beats from a diverse range of artists, from The XX to Alt J.
Feb 14 TuesdayKinross, UK Backstage at the Green Hotel