About Alysha Brilla.
Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self produced album, “HUMAN”. Brilla's new music draws on the influences of her unique background. An ancestral journey to her father’s homeland in 2015 delivered inspiration for Brilla to write and produce the 10 new songs on “Human”; a lyrically timely record blending Indian & East African sounds with a contemporary aesthetic. The first single from this newest release, “No More Violence”, is currently charting in the top 3 of the CBC Top 20 Countdown. Born in Mississauga, Ontario to an Indo-Tanzanian immigrant father and a European-Canadian mother, Alysha Brilla grew up in a household with unique discourse around the arts and social politics. Brilla is an arts educator; frequently conducting music and social justice workshops in elementary schools across Canada and internationally. TEDx speaker and Oktoberfest Woman Of The Year Arts & Culture Award recipient, Brilla has been a mentor for YWCA’s “Rock Weekend”, helping marginalized female youth develop social skills through music. A multi-racial child of the Indian diaspora, Alysha’s art aims to unite people through the Canadian cultural kaleidoscope and bring light to social inequity issues in Canada and abroad. Her music and workshops feature strong themes of cultural diversity, gender equality and inclusivity.
Brilla has been producing music for over eight years; inspired by producers such as Mark Ronson, Stephen Marley and Linda Perry as well as the talented producers she has personally worked with (Boots, Ron Lopata, Brian West, Marcus Kane).
Brilla’s production journey began through a studio co-op in highschool and continued to flourish throughout her journey working with various talented producers in Canada and the U.S.
In addition to musical works, Brilla produced, directed and scored the soundtrack for the short film “Supporting Indigenous Students”. This documentary looks at how Post-Secondary Institutions in Ontario and Canada can better support the influx of First Nations students and accommodate the varying histories and experiences they may have. “Supporting Indigenous Students” is set to be released January 2017.
Included in Chatelaine Magazine’s “Women Of The Year” 2015, Brilla is a certified yoga teacher; learned in Rishikesh, India and her philosophies of well-being can be seen in both her art and activism. 2016/2017 sees a busy touring schedule, many workshops in schools and producing new meaningful musical works.
"There is something remarkably bonafide and refreshing about Brilla as an artist, storyteller, and composer. A definite breath of fresh air doing Tanzania and Canada proud."- OK Africa Magazine
“Step aside Toronto, we have ourselves the next Amy Winehouse!”- Music Vice Magazine
“Alysha made such an impression here at Mountain Ash on our staff and especially our students.” - Avenue Road Middle School