Nuwamba

Nuwamba

BandR&BEDM

An irresistible, soul-filled artist bringing a serious culture and feel-good vibe, Nuwamba composes music to enrich the souls of mankind. His parlayed and southern style is inviting and enigmatic. His music is an eclectic combination of soul, funk, reggae and a host of other underground sounds.

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Biography

Demetress ‘Nuwamba’ Cook isn’t your average neo-soul artist. Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, the singer/songwriter is fully aware of what the industry’s expectations are- he’s just totally unaffected by them. Nuwamba has been following his own rules since the second grade when he started singing in his grade school’s glee club. In his younger days, Nuwamba took note of his parents’ love for music. At home, music had always been a major part of life, but it wasn’t until he decided to join the chorus at school, when he saw and felt a true personal connection to it. By his senior year of high school he was writing songs. However, it wouldn’t be until his meeting with Atlanta-based entrepreneur William Griggs when Nuwamba began realizing the necessary development in becoming the best artist he could be.

Growing up in one of the largest cities in Texas, his personality is a mix of pragmatism, sensibility, and down home comfort. The latter especially, is reflected in his music. His vocal presence is weighty over instrumentals, weaving itself throughout soft lyrics about love and relationships. For Nuwamba to never have been classically trained, he succeeds in holding listeners captive with a single note. The recording artist had begun traveling back and forth between Atlanta, Dallas and abroad, taking his career to the next level. It was at the top of the millennium that he’d started working closely with Griggs, who had been building his own connections within the industry as a special project manager for Warner Brothers Records.

Griggs had been promoting an event series called Chocolate Soul that was immediately beloved by the bohemian set in Atlanta. Nuwamba took advantage of the opportunity to perform every chance he could. Once the buzz for Chocolate Soul grew, Griggs started producing compilation albums by the same name, showcasing the artists who were crowd favorites (Raheem Devaghn, Eric Roberson, Cee Lo, Kindred the Family Soul) at the weekly festival. Nuwamba was featured on the Chocolate Soul’s Deluxe CD compilation. His “Take Me Away” is an ethereal ode to taking a moment away from the hustle and bustle of this fast-paced world and finding peace. His song “Forever” was a part of the This Is Soul 2006 compilation released by SoulBrother Records in London. Nuwamba’s music was also on the Soul Lounge compilation released by Lightyear/Warner. His work appeared alongside talented major artists such as Common, Mint Condition, Omar, and Conya Doss on the Luire Presents RELAxY Pocket compilation (Japanese release).

By then, Nuwamba had become Griggs’ primary artist on his fledging Chocolate Soul imprint, and while he worked on the label compilations, he was constructing his own debut album Above the Water (2006). Above the Water was a joint venture release between Griggs’ Chocolate Soul as well as Nuwamba’s imprint, BornSoulful Entertainment. Nuwamba’s talents were well-received by the public after the album’s official release. His singles enjoyed radio play on Dallas’s 89.3 FM (WSBJ), 94.5 FM (KSOC), 105.7 FM (WMJI). His music has also been played on the Terry Bello-hosted Soul Lounge- a syndicated show, available in nearly 20 U.S. cities. He’s also been on XM Radio, Delta Airlines radio and various Internet radio websites.

As a testament to his devotion to his fans, Nuwamba appeared as a special guest on 91.9 FM (WCLK) in Atlanta. He was featured in numerous notable publications including Vibe, Upscale, The Dallas Observer, The Urban Network, Billboard, Rolling Out, and he also covered his hometown’s Fort Worth Weekly. At home in Texas, he hit the ground running performing in every major city from Dallas and Fort Worth to Austin, Waco and Houston. He had a set at ClubOne-15 in downtown Austin as part of the SXSW Music Festival as well. Nuwamba’s passion and drive to move beyond what’s expected has taken him far beyond the Texas border. He’s been onstage in LA and New York. He’s blessed the microphone from Baltimore and D.C. to Atlanta and has even gone overseas with his talents to Kaiserslautern, Germany.

The venues that he’s performed in include Houston’s Kaveh Kanes Coffee House and the Temple Bar in Los Angeles. He exceeded listeners’ expectations in Dallas at Reciprocity, Sankofas, Phat Kats, Daiquiri Dump, Art Bar, Moon Bar, Hard Rock Café, and the Bali Club. He’d been performing at the Apache Café (formerly known as Ying Yang Café) in Atlanta since the start of his career with Griggs. Never one to limit himself, Nuwamba moved beyond club performances. He worked the TCU Football Tailgate Party with his soul-filled vocals and he’s opened shows for George Clinton, Sleepy Brown and Bobby Blue Bland. Nuwamba also participated in a mass choir performance that featured Kelly Price at Dallas’s Morton H. Meyerson Martin Luther King Show. After his album debut, Nuwamba took some time to re-evaluate his team and his career plan- the draining effects of the music industry warranted a change

Discography

UNUSUAL TAKEOVER
(c) Born Soulful Entertainment 2011

Nuwamba “Heaven”
(c) Citydeep Music 2008

Above The Water (c) 2005/2006
This Is Soul - Soul Brother Records compilation 2006
LUIRE presents RELAxY POCKET
(c) P-Vine Records 2006 Japan

Soul Lounge, Vol. 1: The Vibe Compilation
(c) Lightyear Entertainment 2004

Chocolate Soul Compilation Deluxe
(c) 2002

" Forever ", " Savior " and " Heaven "
Being worked to National Urban AC, Pop/CHR, Smooth Jazz and Secondary radio (Mix-show, College and Community).

Dance Remixes: Pressed to Vinyl > Available Soon...

Digital Downloads : iTunes > Available Soon...

Currently Licensed In Japan to Pvine Records...

More licenses being negotiated on a global basis in London, Australia, France, GAS and Benelux etc.....

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Management/Booking/Press

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Nuwamba
R&B Artist. Model. Actor.
Label: BornSoulful Entertainment

Web: www.myspace.com/nuwamba
Music: www.cdbaby.com/nuwamba
Social: www.facebook.com/demetress.cook

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Management, Artist Direction & Booking
The Medium Entertainment Management Group
" Uncle Odis " Johnson

Email: odis.johnson@gmail.com
Web: www.myspace.com/uncleodis
Social: www.facebook.com/uncleodis

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Media Consultant/Press Writer
kreative Young millionaire, INC.
kYmberly Keeton

Email: kreativejournalist@gmail.com
Web: www.kreativeyoungmillionaire.com
Social: www.facebook/kymizsofly

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Set List

45 minute typical Set time...
Varied Set List...