The return of Karima

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LOOK out for Karima Francis who’s heading to Sunderland to perform.

The Manchester-based musician was named by The Observer as the number one act to watch in 2009 and was signed to Newcastle’s indie label, Kitchenware Records, shortly afterwards.

Wowing the UK with a performance on Jools Holland later that year, Karima then took something of a hiatus over the past 18 months, but is back on the road for a tour of the UK.

He arrives in Sunderland this weekend to play Independent’s The Little Room.

Compared with artists like Tracey Chapman and Joan Armatrading, Karima has nonetheless crafted an individual sound that has won over an army of followers throughout the UK.

Support bands on the night are Sunderland’s LILLPUT and emerging talent Natasha Hawes

He plays The Little Room at Independent on Saturday.