Jericho Beach Music
Ah there are new voices which come along every once in a while and grab the listener, imprinting themselves on the mind to be held for a long, long time.
Say hello to Ndidi Onukwulu, a Vancouver-based singer who has a style and vocal presence that is as memorable as they come.
Onukwulu's music is blues with splashes of jazz, touches of roots and elements of R&B, which in itself isn't so unusual as the musical styles are all inter-related, but this gal does it with a dark, and moody wrapping, which brings out the rawness of emotions in her music.
This gal can write darker songs, the music fitting the mood, and her voice being the perfect instrument to bring it all together.
On Onkwulu's spot on myspace.com it states “The Contradictor is personal and universal, built on Ndidi's songwriting mining the extremes of intimacy, with the bigger sounds and tones she is most interested in uncovering. These are songs of heartache, heartbreak, and longing ... Of course, the blues/soul has always been a music made to transcend the pains and sorrows of daily life. 'I think that's why I love it so much,' says Onukwulu. 'It's what I do.'
There are a number of songs here which are great, Almost JD, the jazzier Forever SZ and SK Final, Rise, He Needs Me, and the gospel-inspired Move Together topping my personal list.
The compelling nature of Onukwulu's voice, the sultriness of the dark siren's call, is enough to definitely recommend this one. This one leaves you feeling you have just experienced something special, and knowing you will no doubt return to hear her voice slipping effortlessly through her music on many future occasions. A CD music fans are likely to leave close to the CD player so it can easily be put on for a spin.
You can check her out at www.ndidi.ca
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 3, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada