The fictitious character Nola Darling was the central character in Spike Lee‘s She’s Gotta Have It, a film made while the director was a student at New York University. As destiny would have it, the lower Manhattan campus would later be where two musically inclined women met, clicked and decided to create art together.

It has been about two years since Nola Darling was reincarnated as a band, a vivacious duo of Alex Nikkobya and Jaquita Aziza, two young women who grew on on different coasts (Nikkobya in Queens, New York, and Aziza in L.A.) but with similar upbringing and family values. In that time, they’ve joined up with the AOK Collective, a New York-based clique of like-minded artists. In 2008, they released a mixtape, Nola Darling’s Gritty Mini-Mixtape. Most recently, the ladies remixed the Black Eyed Peas‘ smash