The Venus Bushfires is a creative collective of one and many, of which Helen Parker-Jayne Isibor is the only constant member.
The Nigerian born singer-songwriter, composer and performance artist explores the ethereal sounds of the hang, the power of the talking drum and the quirks of children’s toys cross-fertilising multiple visual and musical styles.
Helen harnesses influences from avant-garde, psychedelic, tribal and meditative arts and draws inspiration from 70
’s musical pioneers such as Fela Kuti
, creating music and stories that explore the sensual and the spiritual. She describes to her music as Neo Afro Folk.
Helen has become known for her captivating and trance inducing live sets, immersive performance-art shows and impromptu sound journey displays in unusual spaces.
She has created music for Christian Dior, Sony PlayStation, Disney, Oxfam, British Asian Trust (one of hrh
Prince Charles’ personal charities) and her song’s have featured on French television and documentary films.
she orchestrated the world’s first ever ‘hang flash gig’ at the Lovebox festival which was broadcast on Channel 4
In the summer of 2012
she found herself playing percussion for Sir Paul McCartney which she says was a “huge and surprise blessing that came out of nowhere”.
She has recently performed at Saatchi Gallery (London), London Fashion Week, the Victoria and Albert museum, Old Vic Tunnels, Amnesty International, Oxford University, bbc
radio and tv
, Arise tv
, Royal Horticultural Society, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and various festivals from Brazil to Benin City (Nigeria).
She wrote and composed the world's first pidgin (broken English) opera 'Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera' which debuted in London in July 2015. The ground breaking opera will be performed in Cape Town, Munich and Lagos before returning to London this year.
Her debut ep
and fashion line The Venus Bushfires
was released in February 2013