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Monday, Feb 21 2011 | 19:02 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

If love had a sound, this would be that sound. “The Journey Aflame” is the title of New Haven, Connecticut native, Akua Naru’s debut album. One can describe the album’s musical spectrum from a range along the soul tradition-conscious rhymes, classic head-nod hip-hop mixed with elements of blues, jazz, and West-African sounds. With a collection of 14 diverse songs and three interludes, Naru’s first official release shows her true craft as a lyricist and self described “poet of passion”.

Along this female wordsmith’s journey, there have been many stops – Philadelphia, Asia, West Africa, and now Europe – have all informed the wisdom and perspective which is evident in her music. The album has a rare depth, warmth, and honesty that will set it aside as an instant classic. “I figure love is like a journey when/you lose yourself to find your home again” rhymes Naru. With her first official release, Akua Naru reflects on her path with an intricate landscape of words that provoke thought, inspire, and soothe. With this album, Naru reveals that her journey has not only been set aflame; it has just begun.

The album is supported by a range of special guest artists, including Brooklyn’s Own Blitz The Ambassador, Ghana’s African Footprint and German Soul-Singer Mic Donet, who has shared the stage with Erykah Badu and Carlos Santana. Production for the album was provided by production team, TheDrumkidz, with support from Berlin Platinum Producer 7inch, and Cologne’s own beat making powerhouse JR & PH7.

The album Akua NaruThe Journey Aflame” (Jakarta) has been released February 18, 2011.

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