Kuku | Love Sessions [ep]

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Love Sessions [ep]

by Kuku

soul, acoustic
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Love KUKU
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2. Sunrise in Bed KUKU
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3. Over Dreaming KUKU
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4. It's Alright to Sing So Blue KUKU
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5. Call It Whatever KUKU
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6. Lifer or One Nighter KUKU
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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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.


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alexei

if you want real soul music -- you have found it!!
Truly a masterpiece! Kuku's music is sooo soulful. The melodies are elegant and the lyrics are thoughtful! Kuku's approach, which strips music down to its basics, is refreshing. The tracks are built around acoustic guitar, bass, and bongos, with occasional sprinkling of a flute, organ, or piano. Definitely not overproduced. JUST Right! The CD starts with "Love," that sounds like a fresh ocean breeze at sunrise. It continues with sensual "Sunrise in Bed," and energetic "Overwishing." Then come encouraging and uplifting "It's alright to sing so blue" and playful and catchy "Call it Whatever." The arabic-influenced "Lifer or One Nighter" makes you want to flow into the night.

This is a great CD! Kuku's accented vocals are strong and melodious. His 5-octave range is amazing. Would have never thought that he did the backgrounds on "sunrise in Bed" himself.

Great CD. Pick it up today!! Can't wait until the full album, "Unexpected Pleasures."

GIANT STEP

"Minimal in arrangement but loaded with emotion"
Anyone who loves real soul music needs to hear KUKU's self-released EP Love Sessions. Minimal in arrangement but loaded with emotion, each song on the singer's first offering is a stunner. "Love" is an acoustic tune that sounds like a lost Al Green classic with its church organs and a voice full of pain, pride and passion. "Over Dreaming" echoes of fellow Nigerian Afrobeat star Fela Kuti as gorgeous percussion punctuates intense vocals. Soul, folk and gospel touches make KUKU unclassifiable as an artist. Fans of Ben Harper, Dwele, D'Angelo and Carl Hancock Rux will all find something special in KUKU's voice and music.

Obayemi Idowu

I'm Truly Hooked!
I've only just recently heard of KuKu and could not wait to buy this CD.It arrived and for the last two weeks since it's arrival I've only alternated between this one and his newly released Unexpected Pleasures in my CD Case. This is a must have for all of those lovers of love. I shared it with a younger brother who works in the hip hop music industry and he was blown away. He said he had to have it! I think you should too! Because I'm not loaning you mine!

Eric Summers


The sound is unique and pleasant to the ear. The dulcet tones are an absolutely refreshing break from the loud, nasty lyrics of a great deal of today's so-called artists. What a relief to know that someone actually still records music.

Iris McLean

Made me believe in love again
From the first musical note to the last - I am hooked. KuKu is exactly what the doctor ordered to restore my faith in love. His words express what I have never been able to put into writting myself.