Iaki Vallejo is a Colombian African/Indigenous descendant singer/ songwriter, performer, choir leader, visual artist, music producer, video producer, and director based in Melbourne. With a rich heritage that deeply influences her artistic expression, Iaki’s creative endeavours transcend disciplines and genres.
Drawing inspiration from her African and indigenous Colombian roots, Iaki infuses her music and performances with a heartfelt authenticity. Her captivating stage presence, warmth, and charisma have enthralled audiences, earning her a nomination for The Best Intercultural Act in the 2019 Music Victoria Awards.
Her early life, steeped in musical vibrancy, is reflected in her powerful vocals and pulsating rhythms infused with undertones of Afro jazz and funk. Influenced by artists like Angelique Kidjo, Buika, and Toto la Momposina.
Recognising the importance of cultural inclusivity, Iaki advocates for women’s rights and promotes multicultural art in Australia. She believes that Australia has yet to fully appreciate its diverse artistic richness and emphasises the need for a more inclusive and openminded approach toward multicultural artists calling Australia home.
Currently, Iaki is preparing to release her new single, for which she serves as both producer and director of the music video. Scheduled for release in August, her forthcoming single promises to be a testament to her creative vision and talent.
With her unique blend of cultural traditions and a commitment to artistic excellence, Iaki Vallejo continues to captivate audiences and make an indelible mark on the music scene.
In addition to her musical talents, Iaki Vallejo is a versatile and committed visual artist. Her creative abilities extend beyond the realm of music, encompassing a diverse range of artistic mediums and materials. With a passion for experimentation and a deep appreciation for the environment, Iaki employs various materials such as paper, recycled textiles, threads, pigments, and natural dyes in her artistic endeavours.
An advocate for sustainability and eco-consciousness, Iaki often incorporates recycled textiles and materials into her pieces, giving new life to discarded objects. This approach not only adds depth and texture to her work but also reflects her commitment to environmental stewardship.
Furthermore, Iaki explores the world of natural pigments and dyes, harnessing the beauty of plants to create vibrant and organic color palettes. Through her exploration of natural dyeing techniques, she embraces the rich history and traditions associated with using plantbased materials for artistic expression.
Iaki’s dedication to visual artistry is a testament to her multi-faceted creative spirit. Her ability to seamlessly transition between music production, songwriting, and visual art showcases her boundless creativity and the depth of her artistic vision.
By combining her talents as a singer, songwriter, music producer, video director and visual artist, Iaki Vallejo offers a truly immersive and holistic artistic experience, one that engages the senses and invites audiences to explore the interconnectedness of various art forms.