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  • 18May

    Harlem Stage Presents: HOMECOOKING with WUNMI, Featuring Siji and DJ Spinna

    “I find my oneness when I’m performing, when I’m dancing,” says Wunmi, who brings her eye-catching style, eclectic sound and outrageous moves to Harlem Stage May 22, as part of its Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage series. The London-born Nigerian chanteuse now living in NYC will present “Homecoming with Wunmi,” merging  Fela’s rich musical legacy with drum ‘n’ bass, New York house, London jazz and other savory musical flavors. Debuting songs from her highly-anticipated new album, she’ll reflect her diverse life experience.

    Wunmi first gained attention as the silhouetted dancer in Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life” back in 1989. Nine years later she dropped her first single, “What a See (A Guy Called Gerald Mix).” In between, she styled pop stars (PM Dawn, Caron Wheeler) and cut loose on dance floors, living between Great Britain and the Big Apple.

    She eventually immersed herself in the New York underground scene and gained the attention of Masters at Work, with whom she recorded a groundbreaking smash-up of Fela’s “Expensive Shit” and “Upside Down” 1999. A slew of cool collaborations and one album, A.L.A. (which stands for Africans Living Abroad) followed.

    Percolating beneath the mainstream surface for far too long, Wunmi is now finally ready to come into her own. “I had to get to love my voice, to accept my voice and my past,” she says. “That was the beginning of completely accepting me.”
    Saturday, May 22

    7:30 pm at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th St.)
    Tickets: $20 at HarlemStage.org
    The musical richness of Nigeria is center stage as this multi-cultural Uptown Nights performance mixes that country’s signature Afrobeat music with New York house and London jazz.  Performing works from her highly anticipated new album, Wunmi (“The Queen of Afro Dance Fusion”) takes the stage with infectious vocals and energetic dance moves, backed by a super-tight band.  Combined with Siji, the prince of Yoruba Soul, and DJ Spinna it will be impossible to stay off the dance floor.  Part of the Uptown Nights at Harlem Stage series.

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