Marie Naffah has released a live acoustic cover video of Louis Armstrong’s hit single ‘What A Wonderful World’. Filmed in a tipi, Marie strips the song right back with just guitar and showcases her stunning vocals at the forefront of the performance.
Regarding the cover Marie says, “I chose to cover this song with a bit of a sad twinge, considering there is a lot of non-wonderful stuff going on right now. The line referring to ‘friends shaking hands’ seems like a kind of distant luxury at the moment.”
The soul singer released her latest single ‘The Cage’ last month, which is the first taste of her forthcoming EP due out later this year.
‘The Cage’ laces guzheng strings throughout a delicate funk backing with an inescapable groove, while Marie’s captivating lyricism addresses the need to break free with a stunning soulful vocal that calls to mind the likes of Florence Welch, Lily Moore and Maggie Rogers.
Marie’s upcoming EP has been recorded with Neil Comber (Florence + The Machine, Glass Animals, Charlie XCX), Matt Colton (Arctic Monkeys, Christine and the Queens) and Simon Byrt (Pixx, Charlotte OC, Babeheaven).
It is a record steeped in influences from across the world, be it her half-Lebanese heritage, songwriting road trips across the US or life within the UK.
Over the course of just a couple of singles Marie has sold out a string of headline London shows including Omeara, The Lexington, Camden Assembly and Ronnie Scott’s, while clocking up great critical support along the way. And now the forthcoming EP is set to be a pivotal point in what has already been an incredible journey for the singer.