WUNMI


Artist


AFRO BEAT

In the world of dance music, Wunmi is a one-off, an artist that effortlessly joins the dots between her Nigerian Afrobeat heritage, the House pedigree of New York and London jazz, broken beat and classic street soul sounds.

In 2006, after over 10 years of classic collaborations working with production heavyweights like Masters At Work, Seiji and Truby Trio, Wunmi is finally heading solo with her much anticipated debut album.

As an integral dancer within the Soul II Soul set-up, Wunmi quickly established a bold, self-styled image with flowing braids and her own outrageous clothes which became a valuable addition to the Funki Dred identity.

"Im a dance girl, thats the whole thing," she says. "I had to explain to everybody that I am a child of Africa, but my roots are the world. Im a clubber. I love DJs because they can make me travel."

And travel she did in the late 90s, teaming up with Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and Louie Vega for the Masters At Work classic 1998 re-work of the Fela Kuti "Expensive Sh*t" called "M.A.W. Expensive (Tribute To Fela)" and the follow-ups "Ekabo" and "Time Is Now".

The tracks paved the way for a slew of Nu Yorican Afro-house workouts from the likes of Dennis Ferrer, Jerome Sydenham and more and stamped Wunmis unique vocal style on dance floors worldwide.

Her single debut as a solo artiste was the 1998 "What A See", brilliantly reworked by A Guy Called Gerald. After the Osunlade track "Rader Du" for Soul Jazz in 2001, "Paper" magazine voted Wunmi as one of their "50 Beautiful People".

When the Red Hot organization commissioned an ambitious album paying tribute to Afrobeat Godfather Fela Kuti in 2004, Wunmi was top of their list. The result was a version of the Fela song "Zombie", backed by Bugz In The Attic.

Alongside her music, Wunmi has become a vital link between todays global dance music culture and the vast musical history of Nigeria. She narrated a potted history of Nigerian music for the Strut Records "Nigeria 70" anthology during 2001 and later voiced an audio documentary on Fela Kuti for the BBC.

For her debut album, Wunmi has linked up with many of the top producers that have featured her vocals over the years from Seiji, Truby Trio and Fauna Flash to Pastaboys and Seiji. The new album is called "A.L.A.", standing for "Africans Living Abroad" and, behind the trademark Wunmi grooves, she tackles issues like the alienation of living away from home, the stark choices faced by those who fall outside of "the system" and the continuing corruption of governments and fat cats worldwide.

It is Wunmi talking from the heart and establishing her as one of the real enigmas of dance music.

Soul Seduction Editorial Review:

http://www.soulseduction.com/common/item_detail.php?ItemID=168033#editor

Discography

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Wunmi

http://www.myspace.com/wunmigirl

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