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SOAS alum wins Jazz FM award for best soul act

14 May 2019

Poppy Ajudha, BA in Social Anthropology and Music 2017, has won the Jazz FM 2019 award for ‘Best Soul Act of the Year’.

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Poppy Ajudha with the celebrated saxophone player Nubya Garcia

Hosted by Chris Philips and Jez Nelson, and coinciding with UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, the ceremony took place at Shoreditch Town Hall in East London, honouring a diverse list of artists ranging from established jazz musicians through to the next generation vanguards.

Jazz FM said: “The vibrancy of the UK’s thriving young jazz scene was once again a key theme throughout the night, with 23-year-old Poppy Ajudha reigning supreme.”

In an interview with SOAS in 2017, Poppy said: “I studied a BA in Social Anthropology and Music and it completely changed my life. My degree completely changed the way I think about the world and therefore the way I write music and what I write about has been politicised in new ways. Anthropology was central in this and every year I felt newly inspired by the lecturers we were assigned.”

The full SOAS interview is available on the SOAS blogs website.