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Desta French (Candela Viva)

A LatinX powerhouse and passionate performer & songwriter, Desta French has emerged from the growing LatinX music scene in London, proudly wearing both her Latin American heritage and London upbringing with pride. Having grown up in Camden Town to immigrant Colombian/Italian parents, Desta’s music is a blend of RnB, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Soul, which culminate in her own distinctive sound. She is the first U.K. born LatinX artist to have an entirely Spanish song played on BBC Radio, and has been supported by prominent tastemakers like DJ Target and Jamz Supernova, as well as being pipped as ‘one to watch’ on Tim Ferris’s legendary Mailing list. 

Desta’s debut track ‘Shame’ would have been your first introduction to her world. She was invited to the Youtube sensation ‘Colors’ studio (notorious for showcasing new and independent talent) to perform shortly after the release of this very first single. Her performance has now been watched over 2 million times.

Desta represents her culture not only through her music, but also her newly created cultural platform ‘Bonita’ formed with fellow Colombian-born producer Alma De La Selva which focuses on highlighting alternative Latin culture. 2021 saw the start of their regular club and live music events, as well as their monthly slot on Soho Radio.

Her most recent body of work ‘Bendecida’ shows her flair in blending Spanish and English language with the flavours of hip-hop, cumbia, Afrobeat and RnB. She is currently carving out a South American tour, as well as working on her most exciting music release to date.