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"New Sounds"

Before we go any farther, the band’s name is pronounced “boo-vah.” And it’s singer-mastermind Josie Diels’ childhood nickname, but she sounds all grown-up on this eight-songer. From the new-wavey “Stay With Me” and “Drop” to the slinky throb of “Got Me,” Diels and her group – guitarist-programmer Matthew Smith, keyboardist Winston Jeune, drummer Manuel Rhinesmith and percussionist Luis Gomez – already around like they will make a welcome addition to the area’s pop scene. To that end, the Princely titled “What M I 2 U?” includes Diels pleading, “Take a chance on me.” You should.
–Kevin Amorim
- Newsday


CD: Done
Singles: Variety of singles available for streaming on,,, Coming soon to iTunes.
Currently recording!



Seamlessly combining elements of rock, trip hop, new wave, and a little bit of everything else, not to mention a singer-songwriter bent, BOUVA demonstrates a clear devotion and pride in their exposure and attraction to a broad range of influences. The result—an ultra accessible yet very original collection of songs that has people from all walks of life and age groups coming forth after their arresting, high-energy shows saying, “I felt that song was written for me.”

Setting out with a soaring, impassioned voice and introspective, insightful lyrics, BOUVA combined these elements with a lush, intricate soundscape.

The core of BOUVA is singer/songwriter/pianist Josie Diels, along with guitarist/bassist/multi-instrumentalist Matthew McMullen Smith—who came to play, arrange, and produce the BOUVA repertoire. The duo hit the stages of the New York club scene, adding new levels of sound with talents including Luis Gomez, Winston Jeune, Manuel Rhinesmith, Gregory Rivero, and more. And now, taking the BOUVA sound in a new, bluesier direction, Josie has brought the piano in as a central figure with live shows featuring special guests on violin and mandolin or slide guitar.

With nearly 500 solid songs, BOUVA is proving to be prolific—garnering awards from ASCAP dand earning the tag of one journalist as “a hope for pop music.” MTV has featured their material in several of their shows, and more licensing prospects are in the works.

On the live scene, BOUVA has shared bills with acts including Wilco, No Doubt, Jack Johnson, and Garbage. They have performed in various cities throughout the US—including Atlanta, Philly, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and of course, New York.

Recently, Josie got over some of her fear of learning her way around recording equipment, in an effort to put down as much of her ever growing song collection beyond her head and a notebook.

For more information and the music, visit,, or Bouva—in case you were wondering—is a childhood nickname, born of Josie’s first efforts to communicate.