About The Project
Growing up in a musical family, between L.A, Jaffa and Portugal, Layla was always
nurturing a love affair with music – writing songs, singing and playing, most of the
time approaching music as a safe realm for free expression, alongside other forms of
art which were usually more dominant. After experimenting as a teenager with
visual arts – mainly illustration, performance and video, she went on to study sound
engineering and then to attended five years of Architecture school. Today she
spends her days working as an architect and her nights making music and visual art.
This single is the outcome of a beautiful encounter between Layla and the highly
acclaimed musical producer and Balkan Beat Box founding member Tamir Muskat.
What started as an improvised session in Tamir's studio, in which Layla found herself
rapping Shakespeare's sonnet 130 onto Tamir's beats - became a long journey of
exploration, trying to understand and reinterpret the sonnet – written in the 17 th
century, through their own eyes today.
This chance encounter with Tamir led Layla back into the music world and after a
guest appearance in Sefi Zisling's debut solo album &"Beyond the things I know"
this is her first release as a solo artist.
The song, "Sonnet 130" features Israeli-Ethiopian rapper and singer Jah-Zee,
spitting out a verse that aims to correspond with the original sonnet, and starts with
the evident question "Why are you talking Shakespeare to me"
The text written by Layla, suggests that Shakespeare's thoughts about Love, Beauty
and Gender as Implied from the sonnet, are still as relevant as ever.
In the sonnet, Shakespeare mocks the false comparison of a woman lover to an ideal
beauty standard – for us, this message carries an important essence we wish to
spread out to every women out there: Be yourself, Love what is and accept yourself
as you are.