Henrietta Smith-Rolla is a British born Ghanaian/Russian/German artist, composer, producer, and DJ based in Manchester, UK, frequently working under the name AFRODEUTSCHE.
Her polyrhythmic compositions integrate a wide array of musical genres, including Afrofuturisticelectro and techno, classical solo piano and Detroit legacy house; all memorable journeys into deep, abstracted sound.
Henrietta has written and performed scores for films and documentaries including the BAFTA nominated ‘Kamali’ about a young girl skateboarder in India, and renowned earth documentary ‘Baraka’.
Her soundtrack for 'Kamali' is out now and the moving short film can be viewed in full here: www.minuteshorts.co.uk/kamali-sasha-rainbow
Across six minimalist sketches, Henrietta uses recurrent themes and motifs to craft gentle melancholia in unconventional forms, and in reducing her setup to just the piano, we are given a glimpse into a different side of her musicality. Using a simple arrangement of sparse harmonies and delicate melodies, Kamali distills moments of serenity into a series of introspective wanderings.
Accompanying the 10" and digital release is a sample library created for composers and producers. The collection of manipulated synth sounds further illuminates much of Henrietta’s writing process as a self-taught musician and composer. Inspired by her work with the Kyma sound design environment, it’s a set of tools for compositional storytelling, based around colour. Her aim is to offer a new perspective and a sense of freedom for those delving into the library, no matter their level of experience.
'Spectrum Sample Library': www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/henrietta-smith-rolla-spectrum/