Aletia Upstairs is a cabaretist, singer-songwriter, vintage songstress and performing artist currently doing a PhD in Performing Arts based on creating work in response to archive material.
With a background in theatre and World Music, she uses multiple languages, intercultural performing arts, original music, poetry, stand-up comedy, puppetry, multi-media, verbatim, historical and fairytale references in her work.
She sings in many languages, including Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Greek, Korean, Japanese, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Arabic, Zulu, Xhosa, Swahili, Sepedi and Afrikaans.
From her album Possibility, which she wrote, composed, recorded, produced and launched in 2006, ‘Too Sober’ has been described as “a cautionary Vegas lounge haunt” and ‘African Girl’, “a noir-jazz hit.” ‘Fall So Far’ and ‘Just Not Good Enough’, both her unique blend of heartfelt jazz, folk and world music were released as Urban Gypsy Singles. Her music receives airplay on Fine Music Radio SA and Jazz FM UK. The video to ‘Fall So Far’ was released in 2012 and her latest single ‘Catch Me When I Fall’ is the title track to the EP of the same name, released in 2013.