Takeover: Daniel Elia


Daniel Elia joined the Local Roots team in the JOY 94.9 studio to play four tracks live for you.

Producing music with a strong political and spiritual message, Daniel Elia encapsulates the trials and tribulations faced by the Melbourne South-Sudanese community, and what it means to be black in Australia. With an extensive background in dancing and touring, Elia was inspired by watching his favourite artists perform. At age 19, he began writing lyrics and recording his tracks on his laptop. It became apparent that his natural creativity and emotional intelligence was able to thrive through the creation of music.

Elia captivates his listeners with lyrical poetry and unique instrumentals. The recognition of his talent provided him with opportunities to perform at St Kilda festival 2019, Thando’s Ep launch (part of Brunswick Music festival) 2019 and Groovin The Moo 2019. Daniel Elia spoke with VICE magazine about his conscious lyrics in collaboration with Hennessy. “Daniel Elia is at the vanguard of conscious rap in Australia, embedding a message of positivity, community, and truth through the heart of his tracks. Taking inspiration from the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J Cole, Elia is embracing the power of their socially conscious style but applying it to real Australian stories”. – VICE magazine.

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