Kadhja Bonet

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Kadhja Bonet performing in 2017

Kadhja Bonet is an American musician.

Early life[edit]

Bonet grew up in Richmond, California, as the middle child of seven siblings and studied classical music from an early age, playing the violin.[1] Her father is an opera singer and her mother also a musician.[2] She taught herself guitar and other instruments.[1]


Bonet's debut, the single "Tears for Lamont" was produced by Itai Shapira and released in 2014. Later that year, while participating in the Red Bull Music Academy program in Tokyo, she collaborated on and released "Late Night Munchies."[3]

The mini album The Visitor EP was released in September 2015, then re-released under the name The Visitor in October 2016,[2][4] receiving extensive radio air play.[1]

Her second album, Childqueen, written while touring abroad, was released on June 8, 2018.[5]

Critical reaction[edit]

Bonet's music has been described as psychedelic soul[6] while, for other critics, it "amalgamates folk, jazz and soul,"[7] or evokes "Billie Holiday, whisky, and 1940s Disney" in a "genre-defying" way.[1]

Clash magazine wrote that her second album "places Kadhja Bonet in a league of her own."[5] The single "Delphine" from the album was described as "spellbinding"[8] and the album itself as "proof of her idiosyncratic genius."[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Beswick, Katie (February 24, 2017). "Kadhja Bonet – the Los Angeles artist conjuring that 1940s Disney feeling". Loud and Quiet. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Kadhja Bonet's Quarter-Life Crisis Led Her Home – To Music". NPR. December 20, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Monger, Timothy. "Kadhja Bonet: Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Smith, CF (September 15, 2015). "Album Of The Week: Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor EP". Twisted Soul Music. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Murray, Robin (March 4, 2018). "Kadhja Bonet's 'Mother Maybe' Has A Global Reach". Clash. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  6. ^ ""Delphine" by Kadhja Bonet". Pitchfork. 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "World Cafe Next: Kadhja Bonet". World Cafe Next. March 4, 2018. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Hakimian, Rob (April 25, 2018). "Kadhja Bonet shows her class on the spellbinding 'Delphine'". TheFourOhFive. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Moon, Tom (May 31, 2018). "First Listen: Kadhja Bonet, Childqueen". NPR. Retrieved June 3, 2018.

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