Video: Akua Naru "Poetry: How Does It Feel?" - Okayplayer

Video: Akua Naru "Poetry: How Does It Feel?"

by Eddie "STATS"
8 years ago

Earlier this summer I was sitting in the backyard of Outpost café, feeling the sun and daydreaming about writing the Great American Novel, when I ran into a homey I had not seen in a while. That conversation was my introduction to the music of Akua Naru. Akua is a Ghanaian-American wordsmith who splits her time between the US and Germany and slides her voice from singing to poetry to rapping in a style you would be hard pressed to fit in any one of those three lanes. Since that initial discovery I’ve been waiting for some new music to drop so I would have an excuse to write about her on OKP, and now I have two. Excuse one: this new video for the song “Poetry: How Does It Feel,” the third single from her debut LP The Journey Aflame (above). Excuse two: Akua is tearing through the Eastern U.S. next week for a string of performance dates (full listing after the jump)–including Brooklyn’s Public Assembly on Sept. 15th. “Poetry” is available now, go get it and stay tuned for more on this artist in the near future (and beaucoups respects to Cliff & Jannis for the respective look-outs).

12 SEPT Buffalo, NY @ Blush:Verbal Love Experience
13 SEPT Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo State College
13 SEPT Niagara, NY @ Niagara University
14 SEPT Philadelphia, PA @ Philadelphia African American History Museum
15 SEPT Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly
16 SEPT Princeton, NJ @Princeton University-Cafe Vivan
17 SEPT Philadelphia, PA @ Pearl Of Africa
21 SEPT NYC @ Fordham University- Manhattan Campus
22 SEPT NYC @ Soundcheck-WNYC Radio
22 SEPT E. Harlem, NY @ Camaradas: Ritmo y Tumbao
23 SEPT Bronx, NY @Fordham University-Bronx Campus
24 SEPT Philadelphia, PA @Philadelphia Film & Music Festival-Girard Av. Stage
24 SEPT New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
25 SEPT New Haven, CT @ TBA
27 SEPT Baltimore, MD @ Eden’s Lounge: Organic Soul
28 SEPT Washington, DC @ Queen Makeda Bar
29 SEPT Raleigh, NC @ The Union
30 SEPT Princeton, NJ @ Princeton U. Culture & Arts Festival

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