Music from Cov’s Twin Cities – Part 2


As you know, Coventry is known for its rich musical heritage, and recently we celebrated the musical talent of Cov through our visual album, The Front Room Sessions.

Coventry is also known as the first Twin City, which lead us to explore the musical offerings of ten of the current 26 international cities that we are twinned with.
Last week we shared our first five musical picks from some of Coventry’s Twin Cities (Click here for more). Today, we share the musical talent from our final five twin cities. As before, these recommendations have come from the British Council, and the Coventry City of Culture Trust team.

So here are our final five picks.

Sevana – If you only knew

Kingston, Jamaica

Coventry City of Culture Trust selection

Sevana is a Jamaican singer, actress and model.

Since her breakthrough, on reggae star Protoje’s 2014 album Ancient Future, she has released two EP’s, played the starring role in the ground-breaking Jamaican web series, Losing Patience, and has become a favourite of photographers and fashion labels.

Her individual sound has gained her an international following and enabled her to perform at  festivals including ‘Boomtown’ and tour the UK with Romain Virgo in 2018.


Her Latest EP ‘Be Somebody’ was released in July 2020. 


Sleap-e – Hard times

Bologne, Italy

Selected by British Council’s Alison Driver, Relationships and Partnerships Manager

Since releasing their first tracks in 2018, Sleap-e emerged from their Italian hometown of Bologna as one of the most interesting new groups on the scene, giving fresh life to indie-rock music trends.

Their sound has been described as ‘echoing Mac De Marco, with ramblings reminiscing of Syd Barret, pulls of Mazzy Star’s sensuality, mixed with the poetry of artists like Girlpool and Girl In Red’.

Their new EP, Mellow, was recorded and mixed in collaboration with Luca Lovisetto and Sam Regan from the band, Baseball Gregg.


Smoke Mardeljano – JA NECU

Belgrade, Serbia

Selected by British Council’s Milan Lucic, Arts Manager (Western Balkans)

Miloš Stojanović a.k.a Smoke Mardeljano was born in 1991 in Belgrade. As he grew up, Miloš began to create music and started to take his artistry seriously, first working in an improvised studio called the Deaf Room

To date he has released one EP and three albums. He has collaborated with numerous rap musicians in the region and performs nationally and internationally.


In 2016, Stefan Petrović and Petar Veselinović made a film about Miloš Stojanović called ‘I Rap - Smoke Mardeljano’. He is currently one of the most popular rappers in the Balkans.


Stanisław Soyka - Ławeczka-Bajeczka

Warsaw, Poland

Selected by British Council’s Ewa Ayton, Director Projects (Creativity)

Stanisław Soyka is Polish jazz and pop pianist, vocalist, and composer. In 1978, he made his debut with a performance at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw as part of the Jazz in Philharmonic Hall cycle. His first album – Don't You Cry – was a live recording of the performance.

He has released critically acclaimed albums and his jazz and big band style have earned him gold and silver disks. His album ‘Blublula’ was even named the Jazz Record of the Year.

Stanisław often explores poetry through his music, composing musical accompaniments for the poetry of Agnieszka Osiecka as well as musical interpretations of Czesław Miłosz, Bolesław Leśmian and Polish translations of Shakespeare’s sonnets.


TOUCAN – We fell for miles

Cork, Ireland

Coventry City of Culture Trust selection

TOUCAN is a ten-piece funk-pop ensemble crafting a blend of feel-good, contagiously funky soul and pop music.

After releasing their debut single, ‘We Fell for Miles’ and their debut EP, their Spotify streams demonstrated a huge listenership in the UK, the US and Australia.

Following sold out dates across Ireland and the UK in early 2019, the band went on to support Nile Rodgers & CHIC in Dublin and for the Average White Band at the Royal Albert Hall.



They spent the summer playing on the Irish festival circuit and finished it by playing to a packed out Electric Arena at Electric Picnic 2019. They ended 2019 with a UK tour, a new EP release and their biggest show to date at The Academy, Dublin.


So, that wraps up our musical exploration of just a few of Coventry’s Twin Cities. Let us know on social media about any other bands from our Twin Cities that deserve some love and tell us if you want us to explore the music from the other 16 cities twinned with Cov!