KUKU | Unexpected Pleasures

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Unexpected Pleasures

by KUKU

US based Nigerian soulful acoustic singer-songwriter KUKU infuses traces of his heritage in his brand of soul music reminiscent of names like Bill Withers and Terry Callier in the follow up to his 2006 critically acclaimed ep "Love Sessions"
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Unexpected Pleasures
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2. Perfect Reality
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3. Ife
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4. She Said I’m Done
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5. After and then
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6. Love
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7. I Love I Adore
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8. Let Me Know
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9. It’s Alright To Sing So Blue
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10. No Raindrops
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11. Sunrise in Bed
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12. You Free Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Once a basketball-playing schoolboy in Lagos, Nigeria, dreaming about NBA success in the U.S. In the U.S., once a minimum wage fast food worker, warehouse laborer, club bouncer working to attain a college degree. Once a soldier in the United States Army hoping to use his military background as a stepping stone for bigger and better future career aspirations. Once a bankrupt college student waiting to take the corporate world by storm.” Those were the first few lines from the last biography written about Nigerian soulful acoustic singer songwriter, and guitarist, KUKU, since then a bit, or maybe, a lot as changed. He released is debut short CD (EP) Love Sessions, and a few thousands have been sold with raving underground reviews. He has had several performances on premier stages such as the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, New York’s SOB’s, Los Angeles Temple bar, Philadelphia’s Five Spot, and DC’s legendary Bohemian Caverns while robbing shoulders with some of today’s elite performers. Spreading his brand of soul with just a guitar in hand and with over a 100 performances in the year 2005 alone, KUKU is redefining what soul music, the singer songwriter style, and world music is all about.

Now, on the verge of the release of his debut full-length project “Unexpected Pleasures” more is about to change. Co-produced by KUKU (Nigeria) with help from long time friend, brother and multi-instrumentalist, Alexei Tsybine Jendayi (Moscow, Russia), the record is a sizzling two-man international affair. The select insiders who have had the opportunity hear this project, refer to it as an “Acoustic Masterpiece.” The six-foot four, five-octave vocal range soul man calls it the best musical work he can possibly create at this point in time.

A native of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria, KUKU intends to educate the world about the infectious culture of his homeland. At live performances, songs such as “Ife” have already begun schooling audiences on the Yoruba language. As a matter of fact, folks from regions such as Asia have requested KUKU to sing that particular song for their main wedding dance. “Unexpected Pleasures” is definitely an album that requires no fast-forwarding, every track hold its own. The point is the man can sing, he can write a song that will make the devil repent in 10 different religious denominations and he can deliver a song in optimum quality both live and in the studio.

The comparisons to many of the greats is endless, Richie Haven, Bill Withers, Nat King Cole, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, etc… KUKU is not surprised, he will be the first to tell you he takes from whatever inspires him, drops it in his Gumbo Pot and then serves it to the world with his personal signature, “The Afro-Soul Acoustic Experience”. He quotes, “Aint nothing new under the sun, every thing is recycled.”

In today’s mainstream music, love has taken a back seat. It’s time to get back on board the love train with this rising new star. With each song, KUKU promises to deliver Unexpected Pleasures.


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INDIGO

UNEXPECTED PLEASURES
KUKU, I MET YOU IN OAKLAND AT THE JAHVA HOUSE IN JUNE OF 07, MAN THIS CD LEAVES ME SPEECHLESS, I LOVE IT, I LISTEN TO IT EVERYDAY,YOUR LYRICS, THE MUSIC, YOUR VOICE. THIS CD MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN LOVE EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT AND IF YOU'RE NOT IT MAKES YOU WANNA GO FIND SOMEONE TO LOVE--I'M TOO SERIOUS, LOVE IT CAN'T WATI FOR THE NEXT ONE. LOVE IT, LOVE IT--INDIGO

Kelz

Spot On!
Kuku has quickly become one of my favorite artists. After chancing across his myspace page i first purchased his 'Absence of Cool' CD, my wife & i loved it so much we had to order this CD too. Another exceptional collection of songs - Vibrant, uplifting & Addictive. If you like great singers like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Beres Hammond, Ben Harper, Luciano & you don't know Kuku - then you are missing out! Not only is Kuku as good; he takes the chilled vibes to an extra level. Multiply the ***** 5 stars with the highest number you can think of an you will start to realise what im trying to say. Thanks Kuku -Spot on.

Karaam

Beautiful Music
The acoustic guitar is wonderful. Easing and soulful. My baby girl loves IFE! She's one and a half and sings with it as she goes to sleep. You've done a wonderful job. Keep up the good work and look to hear more. A collaboration might be in order.

Linda Koennecke

don´t call it "worldmusic"
His music is so... creative on a very high level. Very mininmalistic arrangement because the artist wants you to concentrate on his vocal skills and diversity in lyrics and melodies. Yes, the guitar is somehow is speaker to the world. But not in an aggressive way, very smooth he comes along.

Yes, he is truly a full enrichment to he international music scene (don´t you dare call it "worldmusic").

Linda

Bro Torrain

GREAT! WORK!!!
Bro KuKu, this is a great piece of work, It is nice to see great!! local musicians producing outstanding projects. Some CD's you get about two or three songs that really interest you, but this one is packed full of great listening tones. It's was a pleasure writing this review your CD is worthy!!

Peace

Bro Torrain

Kevin

Might be the best CD I own
I had the fortune to meet Kuku last week, and I am buying 10 copies of his CD to give to all of the people I saw him with. It is that good! It is truly from the heart music that you will actually feel, not just hear. I had owned his Love Sessions CD prior to this just after hearing it for a minute in an art gallery. Unexpected Pleasures is truly a work of art.

Sade


Love the CD... but my favorite is definitely "Ife" which is a must buy and the words to the songs are beautiful...Mr Kuku, you have come a long way... great job!!!

patrick ezekwem

wow... wonderfull!!!!!!!!!
love your music so much. i find it very comforting. I have not heard any album that sounds quite like this one. I am a big fan of the music that comes from coal city. i wish you the best.
Patrick

Obayemi Idowu

Private Concert to Inspire Love!
Mr. KuKu, the pied piper of acoustic love! This CD is so awesome that I can't get it out of my head. I'm singing Ife when I'm ready to sleep and Call It Whatever when I wake up and all through the day. Thank you for making it personal to me. It is powerful and definitely an inspiration for an aspiring acoustic guitarist. My Yoruba language is marginal but for people who don't understand any, the parts where he uses it in his songs, you understand that it is all about the love, sweet sweet love! The kind we all crave! Continue to bring it just like that, real, honest, sweet and basically intense!

akingbemi

you are a real gem to home ...NIGERIA
I have just listened to samples of this cd and its a must buy!!.Its such a pleasure to hear real music from the soul in a world of 'gangsta music',everything is gangsta now,no one sings about love anymore.My broda i hope you make it to the top and will surely let our people in the uk, know about you and your music.'ijebu omo alare'...
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