Main Stage – 14.07.2019
Hailing from New Haven, CT, Akua Naru’s journey to acclaimed hip hop artist has led her from America’s North-East Coast to Cologne, Germany, where she currently resides and creates music. Along this female wordsmith’s journey, there have been many stops – Philadelphia, China, and Ghana, among others – have all informed the wisdom and perspective which is evident in her music.
With the release of her debut album “…The Journey Aflame”, Akua Naru has in a short time solidified herself on the scene as a model for what women can be in hip hop. Since the album was released, the album has been written about in several countries and deemed a classic hip hop contribution by hip hop critics from New York to Moscow. Placing at number one on the US college radio charts, with the JR & PH7 produced single “The World Is Listening”, in rotation on various national radio stations in France and Germany and appearing in record stores from Paris to Tokyo, “…The Journey Aflame” has definitely proven to do just that; make the world listen. With album production accredited to some of Germany’s finest names in hip-hop from production powerhouse TheDrumkidz, JR & PH7, 7inch, and more, the album has definitely forged its place into hip hop history. With her debut album “…The Journey Aflame”, Naru reveals that her journey has not only been set aflame; it has just begun.
With classic boom bap hip hop sounds, socially conscious rhymes, jazz-soul elements, Naru has garnered attention and accumulated rave reviews. Being associated with artist movements such as the 90’s hip hop era and acts such as Lauryn Hill & The Roots, Naru’s musical and poetic gifts have been appreciated among hip hop circles and are amplified within live performance. Representing strongly when performing with The DIGFLO Band, a six-piece ensemble including drums, keys, saxophone/flute, bass, guitar, and turntables, Akua Naru and her band have a reputation for captivating audiences, hyping crowds, and inspiring many. Clearly, her music and performances are a testament to the legacy of soul music and the powerful trailblazing female artist tradition on which it builds.