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IWA

by Yanju

An eclectic blend of African music and titillating contemporary club beats resulting in edgy club dance music Yanju Brings African Music Straight into the world clubs.
Genre: World: African
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1. IWA
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2. Koseru
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3. Lonely Woman
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4. EYO
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5. Every Yesterday
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6. Benedicta
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7. Loke Loke
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8. Sunkind - (featuring Sandy Saffone)
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9. Africa Arise (instrumental)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Yanju began composing music before he was twelve years old. His music career began at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, where he joined the "Phaime band" as a back up singer and principal songwriter whilst studying Performing Arts.

Yanju has performed at the annual "Vibrations Festival", London, featuring Dawn Penn (2005) JJC and the 419 (2004) and Omar (2003).

Yanju was a resident performer in "Mycenae house", Blackheath, London. His original compositions have become anthems and favorites amongst the Mycenae house regulars.

Iwa Yanju's debut album contains 10 tracks of some really eclectic fusion of African acoustic and club dance beats resulting in an edgy club dance music dubbed African modern music.

Yanju's lyrics, whose vocals are originally and poetically colored with technology, are sung in English and Yoruba, one of the most spoken Nigerian languages.

Full of catchy tunes, where syncopated African rhythms crisscross club beats effortlessly, "IWA" is characterized by an unusual and uncompromising melting pot of polyrhythmic sounds and Western synthesized beats, where the two musical cultures are amazingly respected and recognizable in such a way that one never dominates the other.


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Reviews

"There's far more to Nigerian music than Afro-beat, as Yoruba master percussionist Yanju (Iwa's founder) proves on this under-the-radar, 10-tune set of what I'm loathe to call Afro-House"
Jon Armstrong BBC World Music http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/world/reviews/yanju_iwa.shtml

"This is a stunner of a disc. Yanju is splendidly inventive, a talent fully developed. Great disc".
Chris Nickson Global Village http://www.globalvillageidiot.net/reviews.htm

"Yanju's album Iwa is breaking ground here, in an age where most of his contemporaries are obsessed with funky jam sessions, Yanju provides yet another way of merging African beats and themes with modern music, with stunning results"
Ike E
http://nigerianentertainment.com/yanjuiwareview.htm

"An interesting mix of African Vocals with housey cut up beats and oddball African elements which makes some useful things to play out with"
David Hucker The Beat Magazine volume 24 no 3 2005


"This is amazing. So many different worlds, yet so firmly presented art".
John Emerald freelance Critic

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Tochi Ejiofor

Simply a masterpiece
Hi Yanju,
Your work is simply a masterpiece and I hope the world would simply
acknowledge that. This CD must serve a symbol to redeeming the
originality of our songs and our artistes in relation to over-blown
foreign influence. Please do it again.
Tochi

E Jeff Einowski cdbabel

Serious, Personal and Fun Highly recommended.
Yanju has a striking style and grace, the like of which I have rarely heard.

Imagine Daft Punk hired an experience Nigerian percussionist to play with them and a choir came along with the deal. Add lyrical potency and impressive arrangements to the mix and you may have some idea as to what Yanju is. Political and personal. Serious and fun. Highly recommended.

Johan Nilsson

"IWA" is the hit, but there's more to discover!
Yanju's CD IWA comes with a very deep and sincere objective: to make you think AND feel. The tracks "Lonely Woman" and "Africa Arise" made me stop and listen to my heart. The album is a afro house dance record, but doesn't fall in the trap of being just "beats" with an afro touch. The soulful voice of Yanju climbes, and aimes, higher than that. The catchy IWA is the hit, but there's a lot more to discover.

David Hucker The Beat Magazine

An interesting mix of African Vocals
"An interesting mix of African Vocals with housey cut up beats and oddball African elements which makes some useful things to play out with"
David Hucker The Beat Magazine volume 24 no 3 2005

Chris Nickson Global village idiot.net

"This is a stunner of a disc.
"This is a stunner of a disc. Yanju is splendidly inventive, a talent fully developed. Great disc".
Chris Nickson Global Village

John Armstrong BBC world music magazine

There's far more to Nigerian music than Afro-beat,
"There's far more to Nigerian music than Afro-beat, as Yoruba master percussionist Yanju (Iwa's founder) proves on this under-the-radar, 10-tune set of what I'm loathe to call Afro-House"
Jon Armstrong BBC World Music

Ike E

A Ground breaking Album
Yanju’s album Iwa is breaking ground here, in an age where most of his contemporaries are obsessed with funky jam sessions, Yanju provides yet another way of merging African beats and themes with modern music, with stunning results