Rita Ekwere (born 2 August 1993),[1] better known under her stage name of Ray BLK, is a British singer and songwriter who was born in Nigeria, and grew up in Catford in London. She won the BBC's Sound of 2017, and was the first unsigned artist to do so. On 28 October 2016, she released her debut mini-album, Durt, and in January 2018 signed to the UK branch of Island Records.



Doing Me
Doing Me is a song by musical artist RAY BLK, released on June 8, 2017.
Chill Out
Chill Out is a song by musical artist RAY BLK, released on September 29, 2016.
Talk to Me
Talk to Me is a song by musical artist RAY BLK, released on January 1, 2015.
Patience is a song by musical artist RAY BLK, released on January 6, 2017.

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405 Q&A: Weslee - "2017 was a year of transitions…"
  –  February 22, 2018
Any you may try and catch live whilst you’re in the capital? Col3trane, Ray BLK, and Moss Kena. As a pair you have a clear and strong sense of style, where does the inspiration for your visuals come from? Emma did photography before she really got into ...
Julie Adenuga: ‘Drake has made it acceptable for boys to speak about emotions’
  –  February 21, 2018
UK Afrobeats and R&B are going to have a big year – everyone seems to be in love right now! Artists like Ray BLK are singing in a way that people can relate to, singing about adolescence, about what it’s like being a 20-year-old in this day and age.
Team Salut Joins Temple Management, Plans Collabos with Korede Bello, 9ice, Iyanya
  –  February 18, 2018
They’re working with the hottest breakout artists and remixing the biggest stars from Ray Blk to Zayn and PartyNextDoor all while earning high praise and setting the industry standard for the sound. As they go from strength to strength, Team Salut’s ...
This insane Nike ad is like Space Jam, except British
  –  February 9, 2018
When asked what makes Londoners so unique, U.K. R&B’s rising star Ray Blk said: “It’s such a busy place and things move really fast. The mentality of hustle makes us all hard workers and ambitious.” The campaign also sheds light on how sports have ...
On our Lists this week: Chimamanda, Ray BLK, and Guillermo del Toro
  –  February 9, 2018
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The daughter of postcolonial theory. This is an Al Jazeera article by Grace A Musila, author and associate professor in the English Department at Stellenbosch University, about the Paris edition of the Night of Ideas where Adichie ...
Suffragettes: All-female record label wants 'voice' for women
  –  February 9, 2018
"I think that there is a lot of growth where you are seeing women especially take hold, like Ray BLK, and even like with Stefflon Don, signing a deal and that she is just doing so in her own right and claiming that space." All week we've been talking to ...
Naughty Boy album delayed due to naming issues
  –  January 8, 2018
"But how sick an album title would that be?" When it sees light of day, the record will feature Naughty's 2015 Beyonce single 'Runnin', and he also has collaborations with Dua Lipa, Mike Posner, MNEK, Ray BLK and Julia Michaels in the pipeline. Shahid told ...
Ray BLK: Sound of 2017 winner looks back
  –  January 7, 2018
Ray BLK never expected to win the BBC's Sound of 2017. "I just remember thinking it was a prank," she laughs. "I wasn't prepared for it at all." The soul singer was the first unsigned artist to top the annual list, which predicts the biggest new stars in ...

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