Born in Kinshasa and brought up in Belgium, Rachel grew up with musical rhythms that awakened a profound desire to create her own style. As a teenager, she took singing and piano lessons and started to write her first verses.

She has participated in several auditions and guested several urban events, where she notably once shared the billing with Kaye Style and, then unknown, Stromae.

In 2006, she came across the artists and producers Pegguy and Abel Tabu, sons of the late Taby Ley Rochereau. She has worked with Xavier Clayton, writer of international hits “The world is mine” and “In love with myself” of David Guetta.

Positive and resilient, she won a place in Tabu´s brothers TV program Urban School in 2010. The show aired on national TV and gave her the opportunity to meet famous US writers who have worked for Ryan Leslie, Lady Gaga and Akon. She recorded and co-wrote an upbeat R´n´B song “Rodeo Show”.

The young woman continued to work with diverse Belgian beat makers such as Asaiah Wala aka Mr Hottrak, DJ Dev K who have both produced the sound of her EP “Preach” to be released this summer.

Her already prestigious journey gives you an idea of what to expect: an atypical voice with a rock-solid resilience.

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Rachel Onema: Interview

FASHION

I am a shoe addict- I must confess. I love high heels, shoes are my babies. Period. My favourite brands would be Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, Prada, Giuseppe Zanotti, Casadei and Gucci to name a few.

I have worked with some great Belgian fashion designers, such as David Giampiccolo who now lives and works in L.A. He works with big US artists like Faith Evans, Missy Elliot to name a few.

I like to mix different styles as it brings another flavour to the result. Just like my music, it is a real fashion afropean mix.

I also love jewellery and accessories. One of my favourite shop is Krôme in Brussels, it allies fun, glamour, uniqueness and a tiny bit of extravaganza. They teamed up with me and the result is perfect.

Healthy and Sexy !

As an artist, you have to stay on top of your game, right?! Body, Soul, Mind and Style!

So, let me share with you my weekly routine.

I have a personal coach,together we discussed my goals and set the bar in order to get fit, healthy, sexy and ready to perform!

Among those hard fat-kicking-ass exercises, those I prefer would be the burpee, kettle, and running. As seen on Facebook and Instagram, we sometimes train outside, which is also very challenging. I am more about cross fit than yoga! While I exercise, I always imagine myself on stage or fighting for my dream. It empowers me, challenges me and keeps me focused on the results rather than on the pain.

When I don’t go to the gym, I train by myself in my garage. My coach gives me list of exercises to do or I choose a tutorial on YouTube.

This year I really want to make a difference. I want to bring my body, my voice, my mind, my career to another level. No pain, no gain!

WORKOUT

Most of my songs are upbeat, therefore dancing is important for the shows. Together with Gabson who supervises the work, Jessie VO choreographs the dancing. She has been working with me for a while, she knows what I like and she is great for ragga and hip hop moves. Katya Tya Fabry, a hip hop and latin cabaret dance teacher, is also part of the team.

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