Vika & Linda

Combining uplifting vocals and fiesty melodies, this pair deliver a combination of gospel, reggae, country, blues and soul. Best witnessed at live performances, they convey their high energy, incredible vocal power and a love of singing.

Vika and Linda Bull grew up in Melbourne, Australia, listening to their father’s Ray Charles, Bill Haley and Elvis records, as well as their mother’s traditional Tongan music. Add to this an interest in ABBA and celebratory family gatherings, and the result is a pair that knew singing and music as a part of everyday life.

Originally, Linda was going to school to train be a painter while Vika was working as a secretary. Without any formal training, (other than the coaching at home from their mother) the two young women went on to form their own band, The Honeymooners. After eight months, they got snatched up by Australia’s The Black Sorrows as backing vocalists. Five years later, the pair decided to step up to the front of the stage and go on their own.

Vika and Linda have enjoyed a full gamut of performing experiences. From small bars and clubs to audiences of over 100,000 people on Billy Joel’s 1994 Australian tour, the duo have rapidly become popularity. Their recent performance at WOMADelaide ’95 was best described as “gently rattling rhythms and a crisp, strummed melody”.

These sisters have an understanding of taking the lead; to sing the vocals when the song best reflects the strengths of the singer. With this type of compatibility, the pair reach a common ground with harmonious melodies every time.

Further reading

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M'berra is a collaboration between electronic artist Khalab and musicians from M'berra refugee camp.

Announcing M’berra: the forthcoming album by Khalab & M’berra Ensemble

M'berra is out on Real World Records on 23 April 2021.

Track of the day: ‘Oppenheimer’ by Loney dear

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Track of the day: ‘Curfew’ by Khalab & M’berra Ensemble

'Curfew' is taken from the forthcoming album M'berra, out on 23 April 2021.