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Akua Naru is a proponent of global black culture who takes her inspiration from hip hop to forge youthful, socially conscious rhyme. Her influences include the piano balladry of Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, and the raw rhythms and poetry of Ursula Rucker, who also appeared at Druga Godba a few years ago. We can therefore look forward to hip hop as well as spoken-word poetry: her brilliant performance of ‘Poetry: How Does It Feel Now?’ has become a YouTube sensation. Akua’s new album The Miner’s Canary, to be released this autumn, will weave together raw, fiery vocals, a progressive lyricism, and the sounds of contemporary jazz and soul. This will be her first visit to the capital, after last year’s concert in Maribor.

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AKUA NARU performed in Ljubljana during festival DRUGA GODBA in GALA HALA

We talked with AKUA NARU before the concert – Interview

Musicans that perfomred in Ljubljana: Akua Naru, vocals; Christian Nink, drums; Alex Roenz, bass; Leif Braeutigam, guitar; Wendy Milton, keyboards; Julian Ritter, saxophone; DJ Baska, turntables

Recording of the powerfull  concert is available here – LINK

AKUA NARU – POETRY: HOW DOES IT FEEL NOW

AKUA NARU – THE BLOCK

AKUA NARU – LIVE & AFLAME SESSIONS