Black Fly Reviews

Locations: Chicago - IL
Genres: BLUES Folk ROCK


A young man with an old bohemian soul personified by a strong and loud weeping-raw melodic voice, channeling folk music of old, driven by haunting minor chords, carrying deep vines of acoustic blues, with a laid-back but zealous lyrics content.

Mikhael Muya of Black Fly Reviews is singer-songwriter born in the DRC (Democratic Republic Of Congo).After leaving his home country due to civil-unrest with his family at a young age, he moved onto living in Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa.

It was in the refugee camp where Mikhael started in on the pursuit of big sounds and big ideas. Mikhael’s many travels throughout southern Africa still influences his songwriting greatly. His constant moving taught him how to be open to new ideas and sounds. Despite it all, he always has the base to come back to: that folksy acoustic blues with a soul.

Mikhael started playing the guitar at the age of twelve. His music can partially be described as acoustic driven blended with elements of folk, rock, slide and country blues. Despite his African upbringing, he still finds himself influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and the Police. His modern day influences include Ben Harper, Dave Matthews Band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, among many others.

Black Fly Reviews is about poetry, raw expression speaking of change, and the endless pursuit of a feeling of belonging. it is also about wondering, and the wrestling with understanding and purpose.


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