Updated: Aug 19
LIKA is an international singer, guitarist, and songwriter with origins in Kazakhstan and with a career based in Portugal. Her first album of originals, released recently - 𝘽𝘼𝘾𝙆 𝙏𝙊 𝙕𝙀𝙍Ø, was mixed at LAFX and mastered at Golden Mastering, which are some of the best Hollywood / Los Angeles studios.
LIKA's sound is a fusion of Groove, Pop with influences from rock, jazz, or even funk of the '70s. Her music is sung mainly in English and has won the attention of people from all over the world, with thousands of listeners on all continents. The first single “Thousand” is a track that combines a Pop melody that speaks of emotions and where LIKA's electric guitar solo stands out.
It was in Kazakhstan that at age 11, she began her true passion for music when her uncle taught her the strange and entrancing F sharp, the first of many chords she learned and soon found in the first song he played for her – “Fool on the hill” of The Beatles. Soon afterward she dreamed of being a professional musician and entered the N54 Music School in Almaty where she studied classical guitar for 4 years and at the age of 14 she created her first rock band with only originals. Although she finished the university of economics, music was her true passion and soon joined Tchaikovsky Almaty Music College. During the musical studies, she participated in many festivals and musical contests.
After finishing her studies, she worked as a teacher at Almaty jazz school, created her band of originals, and made national and international tours. Although everything was in a fantastic way, in September 2015 she decided that it would be the moment to leave the comfort zone and head to explore new sonorities, latitudes, and passions. On a casual trip to Portugal, she met Portuguese musicians who challenged her to stay in Portugal and then she started to have jazz guitar at the Hot Club of Lisbon (the oldest jazz club still in functions of Europe), and although at the beginning the plan was to stay only a few months, quickly the passion for music was accompanied by a passion for the Jacarandas trees, by Lisbon and by Portugal. These arrangements made her inspirations flow into melodies composed of various tastes and tones, where her originals are sung in English, Portuguese, Russian or Kazakh. Having Portugal as a base, her music is from across borders.
Lika released on December 18, 2019, in Lisbon her first album of originals - Back to Zerø. Lika's main goal is to play on the biggest stages in the world, but above all, she wants to touch as many hearts as possible. As she often says “If you are Faithful to Art, you are faithful to yourself”. And it is in this melody that every day it will continue to be true to your art and your audience. This year, in an initiative to appeal to voluntary quarantine and continue support for culture, namely music, the singer and songwriter launched in March the “Stay at Home with Lika” Movement. "Stay at Home with Lika" was a series of home concerts that started on March 16th, and were broadcast in live streaming on Lika's YouTube channel and on her social networks.
LIKA is married to Bruno Neto, coordinator of humanitarian actions in organizations such as Médecins du Monde in Spain or Caritas in the Czech Republic. He also led the Zero Poverty movement in Portugal and was decorated by the Portuguese President of the Republic as Knight of the Order of Liberty.
Listen to Lika's new single "Thousand" below!
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