The new album from Chigerian (Chicago/Nigerian) Ugochi and The Afro Soul Ensemble (A.S.E.) couldn’t have come at a better time. Chicago, Nigeria, the world needs a healing force, a soothing voice and Ugochi, a warm spirit who has become extremely versatile and creative with the range of music she is able to perform. Her musical interests span all corners of the globe. Generally, Ugochi fuses her choreo-poetic style of spoken word with her unique singing ability in order to generate a more powerful word sound attraction. A child of Nigerian, West African parents, Ugochi combines elements of her afrobeat influence with jazz, house, reggae and soul aesthetics to create a brand new sound, one she’s coined “AfroSoul.”
Ugochi’s sound has been described as “lively, energetic music that makes your feet move and heart think. Her latest album soon to be released, Love Shot, is no exception. Ugochi is a multidisciplinary artist. She has written a one woman show about her families immigrant experience called, Season’s of Separation due for release in 2018. She has also written poems that have been honored in “A Storm Between Two Fingers,” an international anthology, as well as the “Golden Shovel Anthology.” She has also been saluted by internationally renowned literary organizations like Lynk Reach & Apples and Snakes in the UK. Ugochi has shared the stage with several established artists such as Common, Eric Benet, John Legend, Femi Kuti, Edwin McCain, Seun Kuti, Maxi Priest, Malik Yusef, Umphrey’s McGee, Richie Stephens, Blitz the Ambassador, Yellowman, J. Ivy, Queen Ifrika, Luciano, Wayna, Femi Kuti, Shaggy, Richie Stephens, Queen Ifrika, Vieux Farka Toure, Tony Allen, Bushman, Fatoumata Diawara, Wayne Wonder and Stephen Marley, King Sunny Ade, Me’Schell Ndegeocello.
Ugochi’s music, rich with poetic harmonies and uplifting ideas, have taken her to many countries in Europe, including Paris, Amsterdam, London, Leeds, Italy as well as Nigeria, Ghana, Brasil, Jamaica and Cuba. In 2003, legendary Chicago diva Chaka Khan saluted the emerging artist as “someone who will have a long life in the music business,” when she was selected as a semi-finalist on Star Search. Ugochi also wrote the only original song for the critically acclaimed “Red Hot and Riot Compilation,” in honor of the late Fela Ransome Kuti and global AIDS awareness. The song, So Be It, was performed by R&B star Kelis. In 2009, Ugochi and the Afro Soul Ensemble were featured on the Africa Channel, Soundtracks at Red Kiva. This hour long, televised performance aired internationally and was one of the highlights of the show series, according to the networks producers.
Thanks to the underground success of her debut album project appropriately titled "African Buttafly", and her equally powerful sophomore album project, A.S.E, (Afro Soul Effect), Ugochi has continued to create magnificent manifestations of melody over malady. Her third album, Love Shot, is due for release in Fall 2017.
Lively, energetic music that makes your feet move and heart think. CDBaby