Leeds-based singer-songwriter Malaika, recent winner of city-wide musical talent search Trinity Sessions, took the stage at this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival where her performance (presented by Radio 2 DJ Jamie Cullem) was recorded for BBC Introducing earlier this month.

Malaika, an alumnus of Leeds College of Music, played along with two other “best under-the-radar” jazz acts from the UK. The iconic festival is the largest of its kind in the world, and saw performances from noon to midnight over a 10 day jazzcentric celebration. This year, Montreal hosted one thousand concerts and events, welcoming artists from 30 different countries.

The news comes shortly after Malaika was announced as one of the four winners of Trinity Sessions, a competition led by Trinity Leeds in partnership with first Direct Arena, Radio Aire, Leeds College of Music and Live at Leeds to find Leeds’ most talented undiscovered acts. Malaika, Jack Haining, Finola Daley-Dee and Sifaka, took part in a live charity album recording in the shopping cente at the end of April, which was mixed overnight in a giant Airstream recording studio. Hear Malaika’s live performance in Trinity Leeds here: – all donations go to Martin House Hospice.

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