Lao Ra

Alongside our partnership with YouTube, Lao Ra featured in YouTube On The Rise Live.

Born in Bogota– then considered to be one of the most violent cities in the world – Lao Ra’s first taste of music came through MTV, which she’d ritualistically watch with her brothers to escape what was going on outside.

The world-building possibilities of transatlantic pop soon merged with a passion for the energy and attitude of punk, sparking Lao Ra to start writing songs at the age of twelve. She finished school and studied at a music college, before working for a fire alarm company to make ends meet. Hoping that any English speakers who one day heard her music might pronounce her Christian name properly, she broke it up into Lao Ra; her alias also unlocking a sense of confidence and girl-power which now cuts through her music.

Blending the tropical and topical, the ‘Jesus Made Me Bad EP’ is a window into Colombia’s colourful, conservative and often contradictory culture. Having moved to London to pursue music full time, Lao Ra’s music looks set to travel further still in the year ahead.

Lao Ra