by Biser Perchinkov

Hot Poetic Soul From Iyeoka on the Beach

Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and is a first generation Nigerian-American soul and jazz artist. The way she performs is compared to those of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lauryn Hill and Sade. Her deep and mellow timbre will heaten up the evening at Bash Bar Gradina Camping on August 3rd 2013, by invitation of Event Zone Agency.

Iyeoka starts making music in 2004, defining herself as a “poet and performer”. She is awarded second place at 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and is a spokesperson of Amenawon foundation. Iyeoka founds the band The Rock by Funk Tribe and debuts on the music stage with them. The artist is a part of TEDx with her influential talks accompanied by a subtle drum beat and her captivating voice. The young American with Nigerian background releases her first album Black and Blues, a fusion between jazz, blues, funk, gospel and poems in 2004. Hum The Bass Line comes out in 2008 as the second studio album of Iyeoka, where she co-performs with numerous Grammy nominees and winners from such as Angelique Kidjo, Les Nubians, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Vieux Farka Touré, Vusi Mahlasela and the Soweto Gospel Choir. In the same year Iyeoka covers Desire by U2 along with African Underground All Stars in an impressive way.

In 2009 Iyeoka starts working with the producer David Franz and Underground Sun adding a slight electro soul sound to her tracks. This is how This Time Around and Run Into the Rain are composed. Her third and very successful album SAY YES comes to life in 2010. The Yellow Brick Road Song gains popularity fast and is included in the HBO production How To Make It In America as well as the USA Network series Fairly Legal. SAY YES is the first ever evolving album™, whose “evolutions” in the form of additional tracks, remixes and such come to the purchaser for free as it is developing.

Undoubtedly Simply Falling is the biggest hit of the charming Iyeoka

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