Thursday 06 October 2016


With over two millions plays on Spotify for her debut EP September Songs, Rukhsana Merrise is a name to watch for 2016. This British singer-songwriter will perform at SOUL Live Project in Ho Chi Minh City on 20 October and at the most anticipated music event in Hanoi this autumn – Monsoon Music Festival on 22 October.

Born and raised in West London, Rukhsana is a product of the contemporary cultural and musical melting pot provided by her surroundings, as well as being influenced by US performers ranging from Kanye and Frank Ocean, to Haim and John Meyer. Her parents’ record collection also left its mark: ‘I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac, 10cc, Karen Carpenter, or Joni Mitchell. Joni was when I found out that you can write about anything.’ Merrise's poetic heartfelt lyricism and pop-tinged vocals continue to enable her to stand out.

September Songs was released in September 2015 via Communion Records, followed by acclaimed single ‘Money’. Alongside September Songs’ two million Spotify plays, it has also been heard half a million times via Soundcloud and been played on BBC Radio 1 and Radio X. 

Rukhsana has also provided support slots for James Bay, Oh Wonder and Bear’s Den on recent tours and has performed at several festivals including Glastonbury, Citadel, BST and Latitude. 

The audience in Ho Chi Minh City will meet her at Soul Live Project stage 214 – 216 Pasteur District 3, at 20.00 on 20 October alongside Vietnam Idol star Bich Ngoc. This event is included in the SOUL Live Project - which aims to facilitate the growth of the music and the performing arts in Vietnam. Go here for tickets

In Hanoi, the British Council is proudly presenting Rukhsana Merrise at the Monsoon Music Festivel (Lễ hội Âm nhạc Gió mùa) at Hanoi Thăng Long Citadel, joining established Vietnamese and international artists. Please go here for tickets.

About Soul Live Project

SOUL Live Project is a music/ performing arts hub aiming to facilitate the growth of the music/ performing arts industry in Vietnam. The multi-functional venue of SOUL Live Project provides the wider community with a strong selection of programs, including monthly Workshops/ Masterclasses and Concerts by Vietnamese and International educators/ artists.

Furthermore, SOUL Live Project aims to foster the future of music/ performing arts by cultivating a new generation of artists. The regular performance nights and events offer new artists a platform to express themselves, showcase their talents and gain first-hand experience. SOUL Live Project guides and develops individuals through the process of Discovery – Experience – Application.

Notes to Editor

For further information, please contact

Vu Hai Dang
Communications Manager
British Council Vietnam
20 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho, Hanoi
T +84 (0)4 38436780 (ext.1957)
F +84 (0)4 38434962

Ta Le Yen
Arts Officer
British Council Vietnam
25 Le Duan, Q1, HCMC
T +84 1800 1299 (ext 2602)
F +84 (0)8 3823 2861 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

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