On Tuesday, July 30th, the ID Africa team took a break from work to host guests for an album listening session by talented spoken word poet, Ndukwe Onuoha at the BHM Lounge.
Ndukwe ran guests, including seasoned media practitioners like Toni Kan, Nonye Ben-Nwankwo, Funsho Arogundade, through the seven tracks on his exceptional spoken word album, Nwa Chukwu, with our very own Jide Taiwo expertly moderating the session.
The project’s sole producer, Tonie The Emperor, was also on hand to give insightful background on the inspiration behind the hugely captivating production, while one of the album’s featured artistes, rapper Ill Bliss, was around to lend his voice to the discussion.
The event was preceded by a rite of some sort, where guests were marked on the face with white chalk powder, indicating the depth of cultural relevance and spirituality Ndukwe’s album seeks to communicate.
Ndukwe’s artistry on Nwa Chukwu is interesting and embracing, and guests were left exhilarated at the depth of every track, as he straddles the reflective world of his forefathers, merging the ancient craft of spoken words with the “cool” factor of popular music: soul, blues, and hip-hop. He also made sure to provide as much background information and insights into the idea behind each track on the album executive produced by advertising guru, Steve Babaeko, while telling stories that inspire culture embrace, reflection and hope.
At the end of the session, guests spoke glowingly of Nwa Chukwu and picked their favourite track(s), with ‘This Poem’ and ‘Say My Name’ receiving the loudest cheer.
ID Africa team members, Sharon, Humphrey and Femi also offered quality perspectives to the discussion while Toni and Taofik ensured that there was enough small chops and cocktail to go round.
In the end, the album listening session was a fun event with lots of enlightenment on the relevance of culture to self discovery. You can stream Ndukwe’s Nwa Chukwu here.
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