Growing up in Nigeria/West Africa, Motown Soul, Yoruba Juju and Fuji music, Folk, Jazz, and Afro-beat were his informal discipline, and still is. Love is his message; KUKU infuses his Yoruba/Nigerian Heritage with American Soul music, delivered in acoustic guitar driven singer/songwriter style.
"Unexpected pleasures, that's what I'm going to give to you." Those are words from the American-born-Nigerian-raised singer/songwriter/guitarist KUKU. A self-taught guitarist and an advocate for the phrase "Less is more," especially when it come to the music he creates; following the footsteps of acoustic singer/songwriter artists such as Richie Haven, James Taylor, Tracy Chapman and a host many other influences. KUKU embraces the music of his birthplace, and traces of his Nigerian traditions are ever present in the acoustic essence of his soul music.
"Folky-soul" is what a few choose to label what KUKU does, but he lovingly calls it soul music-literally and musically. "Love Sessions" is the first installment from KUKU to the music-loving world. An independently-released EP under is own imprint MR KUKU LLC and an excerpt from a full-length project to be released in summer 2005. On "Love Sessions," KUKU delivers six tracks of guitar driven songs including the sensual ballad "Sunrise in Bed," which among many places could be heard on the answering machine greetings of a few of KUKU's adoring female fan.
With frequent performances and showcases in the Washington, DC, and around the US, this six-foot-four inch Nigerian man with the guitar is quickly becoming a cult favorite, and he is gradually gaining worldwide recognition with radio airplay on the XM Radio Soul Station, UK's premier Internet radio station: Soul 24-7, and Spain's M-Radio.
Love is his message, regardless of how the song is sung or the story is told. This notion will be heard in forth-coming "Unexpected Pleasures." But before then order the sizzling limited edition appetizer "LOVE SESSION (EP)", and say you had it first!
ALBUM DESCRIPTION (LOVE SESSIONS, EP)
Nigerian singer/songwriter and guitarist delivers the Afro-Soul Acoustic Experience. Six (6) tracks of stripped down, guitar driven soul music, led by a warm baritone vocal style, with tight sonorous harmonies, and the occasional falsetto, delivered by one voice.