- Hometown: London/New York
- Genre: Acoustic / Soul
- Influences: Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Noisettes, Seu Jorge, Nina Simone, David Bowie, Feist, Prince, Bob Dylan, Regina Spector, Antony, Ray Lamontagne, Grace Jones, Buika, Portishead, Cat Power, Cody Chesnutt, Planet Funk, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, Fink, Belle and Sebastian, Miriam Makeba
- Lineup: Leonie Casanova
Leonie Casanova is a London-based singer/songwriter. She has written and recorded songs for the films “The World Unseen” and “I Can’t Think Straight” – both of which were written and directed by award-winning Shamim Sarif and produced by Hanan Kattan. They star Lisa Ray and Sheetal Seth.
Armed with acoustic guitars, cellos, harmonicas, banjoleles, loop pedals, stomp boxes and pretty much anything else they can get their hands on.
The song “Broken” was recorded in Cape Town and used over the end credits of The World Unseen, a captivating drama set in 1950′s apartheid South Africa. Leonie also plays “Doris” – the “coloured” waitress in the film. Little Feeling, Holy Daughter (also by Leonie) were used in the contemporary romantic comedy “I Cant Think Straight”. Leonie recorded a third song for this feature – “Tell Me” which was written by Shamim.
On being part of the Music Earth Rise project and the Bush Hall fundraising Gig, Leonie says: “It was an honour to be a tiny part of this magnificent Music Earth Rise initiative and to share the stage with some really wonderful artists for a purpose “close to home” for me. I’m inspired by Brendan and the team and seeing the music centre built and standing proud is a beautiful thing!