AKUA NARU

AKUA NARU

AKUA NARU

Akua Naru is a Hip Hop artist, organizer, producer, activist, and scholar, whose
work both lives within Black womxnhood + liberation.

Her music, deeply nuanced, poetic, and wise, theorizes the myriad experiences of Black womxn through rhyme along a sonic spectrum from Jazz to Soul. She is co-founder of the production/management company, The Urban Era, and, to date, has released four albums: “…the journey aflame (2011)”, “Live & Aflame Sessions (2012)”, “The Miner’s Canary (2015)”, and “The Blackest Joy (2018)”–alongside a wide range of additional artistic content.

She has recorded with Tony Allen, Eric Benét, Angelique Kidjo, Tuneyards, Questlove, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Christian Scott, Rah Digga, Mulatu Astatke, Bernard Purdie, Cody ChesnuTT, among countless other.

Akua has performed hundreds of shows in more than fifty countries across five continents with her 6-piece band. She has been an invited lecturer at Harvard, Oxford, Cornell, Princeton, Brown, Fordham, University of Cologne (Germany), Ahfad University for Women (Sudan), and Pivot Point College (China), among countless others.

Akua Naru was a Nasir Jones Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University (2018-19) and is the current Race & Media Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America at Brown University. She is Founder/Executive Director of theKEEPERS collective (digital database archive +visual museum for all things womxn in Hip Hop).

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