Hannah Shogbola

Power Up Playlist: Hannah Shogbola

As part of our Black History Month curation, we asked Power Up grantee and groundbreaking live agent Hannah Shogbola to make us a playlist. Tune in.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 7 Oct 2021
  • min read

Hannah Shogbola is one of the only Black female agents in the UK. She’s also one of the few people to sell out Brixton Academy, Roundhouse and The Forum, which she did when she was under 30.

Hannah has appeared on panels and boards from The Royal Albert Hall to Roundhouse and worked with The British Council on festival curation at The Southbank.

With an abundance of experience and a burning desire to make a difference, Hannah is uniquely equipped to address the broad range of challenges that beset the live music sector.

As part of our Black History Month curation, Hannah made us a playlist made up of tracks from Black women who have influenced her past, present and future.

Hannah writes: 'This playlist celebrates Black women. Over the years I have found comfort and support through music, especially as a Black woman. As we all do.

'It’s our therapy for life, love, pain and most importantly healing. Music heals our emotions in every possible way, whilst carrying us through the dark times.

'Over the years there has been many of those moments, when feeling suppressed, unloved, unattractive and a whole lot more – music is always there for me.

'The below reflects some of my favourite artists who have influenced us all over the years and the playlist also celebrates Black women of the future.

'To be Black and proud is everything I live for.'


Nina Simone - That Blackness

Nina Simone - Four Women

Sistah Souljah - The Hate That Hate Produced


Kitty Earth - Compromise for what?

Nick Holder feat. Jemini - No More Dating DJ’s (Yam Who Edit)

Aretha Franklin - Jump To It

Celeste - Father’s Son

Erykah Badu - Window Seat


Miriam Makaba

Tems - Try Me

Little Simz - Women

Jorja Smith feat. Shaybo - Bussdown

John Glacier - Trelawny Waters

ENNY - Peng Black Girls

Nicki Minaj - Yes Men (via Reddit)