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.
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