There are voices that demand we listen to them. Not to their words necessarily, but to their tone, to the emotional undercurrent that carries with it the soul of the speaker. Ndidi O is one of those voices and she sings to bring us back to sounds of our insides. Lyrics reminiscent of the rattling thoughts found in the back of our minds layer in and around organically ground sounds.
She sings of her life experience so convincingly the audience is set to wonder if they too grew up wandering the dense forests of BC’s loneliest mountain towns. This may be the reason behind her winning the Maple Blues New Artist of the Year award in January of 2007, representing as she does a distinctly Canadian experience; standing astride lines blurred between contrasting cultures and heritages. Born of a Nigerian father and a German mother her lineage, like her music, explores the globe then brings it back home. Her gypsy journey has collected a diverse range of sounds and styles which she weaves into an orchestration strong enough to support her strong lyrics and relentless vocals.
As varied as her influences may be they culminate in an expression of the blues that is undoubtedly Ndidi. On her debut No, I Never, Ndidi O proved she can wrap her silky voice around anything from country blues to her own rootsy salon sound. Now we have The Contradictor, all about focus, training that formidable silk edge on everyone’s private pain, and contradicting the anguish with a full, upbeat, resonance.
Justin Nozuka began writing his own songs at the age of 12. His debut album ‘Holly’ was released in 2007 to critical acclaim when Justin was just 17 years old. Since his debut, Justin has received an NRJ Award for “Duo of the Year”. He was also nominated for two JUNO awards (most recently being in 2011 for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, a category he shared with Neil Young). He has toured the world extensively. Justin’s musical influences are soul, gospel, folk, and blues. Playing support slots for world renowned artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer and Jason Mraz, Nozuka continues to demonstrate his ability to impress and inspire on a global level. His new album “Run to Waters” is available now on all streaming platforms.