February 09, 2023

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Dua Saleh: The Multitalented ‘Sex Education’ Star

Dua Saleh is now the one behind the camera crafting their own artistry with latest releases “Concentrate” with producer Billy Lemos and the deluxe edition of EP CROSSOVER.
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‘Sex Education’s’ Very Own: Dua Saleh

Dua Saleh is now the one behind the camera crafting their own artistry with latest releases “Concentrate” with producer Billy Lemos and the deluxe edition of EP CROSSOVER. Dua Saleh got their big break cast as the character “Cal” on season three of Netflix’s comedic TV series Sex Education. Saleh’s character is a non-binary student who faces constant struggles at Moordale Secondary school because of their gender identity. Authorities force Cal to change in the women’s locker room and are bothersome about their uniform choices. The teen student holds Moordale’s new headmistress accountable for the unequal treatment of the schools non-binary and transgender students. Saleh does not just make an impact on screen, but off screen, with their gifts for writing and singing. 

“Concentrate”​​

Prior to “Concentrate” Dua Saleh would release a slew of singles and EP Nur in 2019 following with ROSETTA in 2020. The latest release from Dua Saleh is the single “Concentrate” with producer Billy Lemos. The track features poetic lyrics and dreamy vocals from Saleh. Baby, for you, I might leave the window open, door open / And if I do, then know the winds have spoken, have spoken / Baby, for you, I might leave the window open, door open / And if I do, then know the winds have spoken, have spoken, the chorus reads.

Saleh is saying the door may be open for this person to reenter their life. They are worthy and special, so Saleh is contemplating if they should wait around for them. If it is meant to be, the singer-songwriter believes they will reunite. But in the meantime, Dua Saleh wants them to focus on themself and grow as a person. “But concentrate on your way / If you wanna elevate,” Dua sings. 

‘CROSSOVER’

“Concentrate” matches the pop/R&B vibe of previous EP CROSSOVER. Contrary to gospel-inspired vocals and the rapping on prior projects ROSETTA and Nur, Saleh aims to create club anthems for CROSSOVER. Saleh mixes their psychedelic vocals with genre-bending and upbeat bass-heavy songs collaborating with pop producers like STINT and Kyle Shearer. Using their knack for poetic lyricism, Dua tackles themes such as identity and sexual liberation. In addition, tapping into house music type beats, electro-R&B, Afrobeats and hip-hop, the singer-songwriter takes club music to another level with CROSSOVER. And so, this is only the beginning for Dua Saleh and soon they will dominate music in their own individual lane. 

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