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Sat. March 14th 2009 Hermann's Jazz Club (All Ages)
8pm - 11:00pm doors at 6:30pm
$18 Advance / $20 Door
Tickets at: Lyles Place, Ditch Records 635 Johnson St., High Tide Entertainment
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There are voices that demand we listen to them. Not to their words necessarily, but to
their tone, to the emotional undercurrent that carries with it the soul of the speaker.
Ndidi Onukwulu is one of those voices and she sings to bring us back to sounds of
our insides. Lyrics reminiscent of the rattling thoughts found in the back of our minds
layer in and around organically ground sounds.

She sings of her life experience so convincingly the audience is set to wonder if they
too grew up wandering the dense forests of B.C’s most lonely mountain towns. This
may be the reason behind her winning the Maple Blues New Artist of the Year award
in January of 2007, representing as she does a distinctly Canadian experience;
standing astride lines blurred between contrasting cultures and heritages. Born of a
Nigerian father and a German mother her lineage, like her music, explores the globe
then brings it back home. Her gypsy journey has collected a diverse range of sounds
and styles which she weaves into an orchestration strong enough to support her strong
lyrics and relentless vocals.

As varied as her influences may be they culminate in an expression of the blues that
is undoubtedly Ndidi. On her debut No, I Never, Ndidi Onukwulu proved she can
wrap her silky voice around anything from country blues to her own rootsy salon
sound. Now we have The Contradictor, all about focus, training that formidable silk
edge on everyone's private pain, and contradicting the anguish with a full, upbeat,

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. 'Not nice,' as she
says, but as full as these can be. And as rich.

The album opens with the brass-laden 'SK Final,' and moves breathlessly to the
anthemic 'The Lady & E.' Other standouts are 'Rise,' which hearkens back to the
blues of Ndidi's first release, and 'No Everybody,' that sneaks an anti-conformity rock
message under a reggae opening.

Joining Ndidi on the CD is a fearsome roster of world-class players: including Jesse
Zubot (strings/mandolin), Paul Pigat (guitars), Steve Dawson (guitars), Roey
Shemesh (bass), Barry Mirochnick (drums) and Tyson Naylor ( keyboards). Dawson
produced the CD with Zubot producing some of the tracks.


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Ndidi Onukwulu

Born of a Nigerian father and a German mother, Ndidi Onukwulu is unquestionably the hottest young blues singer in Canada. Growing up in the small northern towns of BC, Onukwulu focused on the African rhythms of her father’s heritage as well as the classic blues of Big Mama Thornton and John Lee Hooker. At the same time, this budding artist was de... more info
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