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Killa Kela

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Killa Kela (real name Lee Potter born in 1979) is an English beatboxer from West Sussex.
Kela began beatboxing in his teens with the 360 Physicals crew. He was discovered by DJ Vadim when he sent a tape of his beatboxing to Vadim’s now defunct label Jazz Fudge. His first release was a mixtape with Mr. Thing called “Antistatic Mouthwash”.

Since then, Kela has been a member of the Isolationists, Rock Steady Crew and The Scratch Perverts. He has also appeared on DJ Vadim’s albums and tours as part of the Russian Percussion project, and appeared onstage with Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, Super Furry Animals, Prince, De La Soul and Plan B. He is considered to be one of the best beatboxers in the world alongside Kenny Muhammad and Rahzel.

His live act incorporates drum & bass, electro and hip-hop stylings, singing, MCing, very realistic vocal scratching, body movements and imitations of popular songs such as “Slave 4 U” by Britney Spears and “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega. He calls his technique “Multivocalism”, a term coined by longtime artwork collaborator Mark Splinter in 2000. Kela’s crew has performed hundreds of live shows all around the world and are known as “Spit Kingdom”.

Kela released the album “Elocution” in 2005, the follow up to his debut album “The Permanent Marker” in 2002. The Elocution project incorporated ‘The Elysian Quartet’ on strings, backing vocalists Rookwood and Trip, DJ Skeletrik and his producer Spider on keys and vocals. He is also known for a UK advert for “Fruit Pastilles” and regular appearances on TV shows such as “Big Brother’s Little Brother” at this time.

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