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THE PRELUDE: A Night With Naomi Achu
International Artist in DC Ignites Movement to Promote AfroPop Music
By: Naomi Achu
Siddhartha Mitter, an Arts correspondent for the Boston Globe, described Naomi Achu as a “cosmopolitan polymath: a gifted rapper and poised R&B singer born in Cameroon,… raised there and in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States…” He went further to describe her sound as “unabashedly pop with an inspirational streak… finding a balance between African dance-floor exhortations and a global club feel.” If you have ever heard Naomi sing a tune or deliver one of her clever rhymes, this spot-on description by Mitter will come as no surprise. Naomi Achu is a seasoned performer and an award-winning AfroPop and Hip-hop artist who calls the DMV home.
Originally from Bamenda, Cameroon, she stays true to her roots and delivers a compelling performance on every occasion. Akin to her American-born counterparts, she works the stage with ease, skill and the poise of a singer and rapper who is no stranger to the world of entertainment. Her rhymes include a sassy mix of native African tongue, French, and Pidgin English. Keeping the listener on the edge of their seat in anticipation of what she will rap about next. Never one to keep her fans in suspense, Naomi Achu gears up for a premiere event designed specifically for her fans in the Washington, DC metro area.
On Saturday, December 26th, fans will be treated by way of intimate access to this International AfroPop star as she unveils her latest music video during a superior nightlife affair dubbed, THE PRELUDE: A Night With Naomi Achu. This video release and listening party will be held at Station One in downtown Silver Spring (MD): an upscale international hotspot.
For this exclusive event lineup, the AfroPop star has teamed up with the DMV’s hottest African DJ and event promoter Samuel Mobit, better-known as DJ Chick. THE PRELUDE will also include a special live performance by Naomi Achu and serve as a platform for her calendar release.
Stay tuned for additional updates for her album release, which will be announced in early 2016. The new album will include the release of “Walk Away,” which is more of a world sound incorporating a bit of Baforchu, her native Cameroonian tongue, as a gift to her homeland and to her early fans. This is the core of Naomi Achu: paying homage to her country and being determined to promote AfroPop in the US.
Naomi started working on this album while still pregnant. Less than 6 months after she and her husband, Dayo, welcomed their first child into the world, Naomi is more conscious of the gift she has as a performing artist. Being a first-time mom is a powerful life experience that inspired her even more to share her unique delivery of AfroPop with the rest of the world. As she put it, “The appreciation that I already had for my life before being a mom has transformed and this crosses over to my music.” With her new album, fans can anticipate the same Naomi: just new and improved!
For international artists, the US entertainment industry has proven difficult for gaining equal recognition. Even in Washington D.C., headquarters for Black Entertainment Television (BET), international artists have yet to get full recognition. Wildly popular AfroPop performers, such as Davido and Eddy Kenzo, thus far, have not been properly rewarded for accomplishments via main stage performances and televised accolades. Naomi Achu, the self-styled Queen of Bamenda, sets her sights on igniting the AfroPop movement for fair recognition in this music genre. Her movement aims to match the manner in which AfroPop artists are recognized, enjoyed and reveled to the same esteem as their American counterparts. Visit www.NaomiAchu.com for more on this AfroPop artist!