DRAMA is the multicultural
collaboration between producer Na’el Shehade’s chic Chicago
house-infused production style, and vocalist Via Rosa whose soulful
delivery is inspired by the improvisational nature of jazz and playful patterns
of hip-hop and bossa nova. The duo play to the complementary dynamics of
their unlikely pairing by blurring the lines between R&B and dance-pop, heartbreak
and bliss. They recently shared the first video from their brilliant debut
album Dance Without Meout February 14 via Ghostly
for single “Years.” Watch the video, directed by Adam Chitayat via Complex and here: https://youtu.be/gyWFjz71-FM

“This track is a bittersweet song about the conflict of
wanting to let go but still hold onto someone you love, but you know they’re
not right for you,” Via Rosa notes. “It’s about knowing you should walk away
but also wanting to confess your unconditional and eternal love.”
Regarding the video, director Adam Chitayat adds, “Filmed practically, we
set out to create a series of otherworldly, constantly transitioning spaces for
DRAMA to perform through. Emotions can feel like they take us on a ride,
floating us forward and bringing us towards things we need to tackle in our
lives. The floating and the spaces seek to represent the themes of the song –
speaking to your own heart, confronting your past and opening yourself back up
to vulnerability.”

Dance Without Me is a refined collection that recasts romantic tragedy as moonlit self-acceptance, as heard on previous singles “Hold On,” “Gimme Gimme” and “Nine One One.” It’s a remarkably refined album for a young band, with Rosa’s lyrical candor creating expressionistic narratives about interpersonal intricacies all finessed for the club by Shehade. As a lyricist, Rosa takes her blues and makes them vibrant — rather than wallow alone. There is lush lovelorn affliction blended into the tracks on Dance Without Me, which can be pre-ordered here: https://drama.ffm.to/dancewithoutme

Since a chance meeting in 2014 lead to the creation of DRAMA, the Chicago-based duo has bootstrapped a subtle rise on their own terms, self-releasing several EPs and mapping multiple tours with Midwestern grit. Rosa & Na’el announced an extensive North American, UK & European headline tour, kicking off in the UK later this month. See dates below and be sure to see them for a taste of their gorgeous new music.


01.29 Manchester, UK @ Night and Day Cafe

01.30 London, UK @ Heaven – SOLD OUT

02.01 Paris, FR @ Le 1999

02.02 Brussels, BE @ Le Botanique (Witloof Bar)

02.04 Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache

02.05 Cologne, DE @ Studio 672

02.06 Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain

02.07 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso – SOLD OUT

02.08 Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown 

02.26 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

02.27 San Diego, CA @ Music Box

02.28 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

02.29 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

03.03 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent – SOLD

03.04 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

03.06 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

03.07 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

03.18 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar

03.19 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground

03.20 Montréal, QC @ Le Ministère

03.21 Boston, MA @ Great Scott

03.26 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

03.27 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

03.28 Washington, DC @ Union Stage

04.03 Chicago, IL @ Metro

04.28 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5

04.30 Dallas, TX @ Three Links

05.01 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

05.02 Austin, TX @ Barracuda

Album Pre-Order / Pre-Save: https://drama.ffm.to/dancewithoutme

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