Ka-Chi

Ka-Chi

 Oakland, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

An original recipe of soul and world folk music that truly stems from the soul. Ka-Chi's style on acoustic guitar complements his soulful sound as he delivers haunting tales of truth. This is an introduction to a new age troubadour - good entertaining music by an artist with something genuine to say

Biography

After a successful debut EP Soul Liberty-Demo Sessions in 2006 featuring the critically acclaimed single (Give my) soul liberty, the Nigeria born artist now based in the East Bay area of San Francisco California has just released a much anticipated sophomore album.

Aptly titled "Come on Home" this new project encompasses his experiences touring around the country over the last two years since his debut recording. Already the new release is garnering media attention and climbing the New Music charts on CMJ member radio stations. Ka-Chi’s style on acoustic guitar complements his soulful sound as he delivers haunting tales of truth in an eclectic blend of pop-folk and reggae music.

Nigerian born singer songwriter Ka-Chi cites philosopher Abraham Maslow’s writing on Self Actualization when describing the theme of his music; evidence of his deep thinking nature which is obvious in his songwriting. Ka-Chi’s journey through life has seen him living in three continents, drawing material for his art from a wealth of cultural mixes and experiences. Music came at an early age, first as a listener from as far back as a toddler, then as a songwriter in pre teenage years when his parents brought home an electronic keyboard. The early musical influences ranged in style, genre, and geography from Bob Marley whose music was heavily felt in Africa during his youth, to lyrical songwriters Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, and indigenous artists such as the late Afrobeat King Fela Kuti and Onyeka Onwenu.

As fate would have it, in 2004 while living and working in the Baltimore-DC corridor of USA’s Mid-Atlantic region, music came around full circle and returned in the form of an acoustic guitar. Ka-Chi began putting his songwriting skills to work again, this time with a new instrument. His first recording, a 5 song EP titled “Soul Liberty-demos sessions” featured the critically acclaimed single, (Give my) Soul Liberty; a song that captures his theme. This debut EP was self produced and released in 2006.

The musical journey led to a growing list of eclectic songs with a signature soulful folk-pop/world/reggae flavor. Lyrical dexterity is the underlying strength and he has the ability to tell stories and deliver messages over entertaining rhythms and with a heartfelt sincerity. Through his music, Ka-Chi shares experiences both real and fictional, personal or from an onlooker's perspective, and sometimes controversial, but the direction is always positive and inspirational.

Following the release of his debut, Ka-Chi performed extensively in the Mid-Atlantic area with appearances at World Cafe Live and other notable venues in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia before embarking on a 10 state tour that took him through the mid-west and out to the Western shores of California.

October 2008 saw the release of the much anticipated sophomore album “Come on Home”. This new project encompasses his experiences touring around the country over the last two years since his debut recording. In the first few weeks of release, the album climbed to Number 2 on CMJ member stations New World Music charts. Ka-Chi relocated to the San Francisco Bay area in 2009 and continues to perform and spread his music and message of Soul Liberty to his new neighbors; A musical vibration of freedom, love, and truth.

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PRESS
"(Give my) Soul Liberty" is one of the best songs by an indie artist that I've heard in a really long time (and I hear a LOT of indie
music)” ….Program Director, Roo Radio

“Ka-Chi's song "Give my Soul Liberty" entertains soothes and inspires” …..www.naijajams.com

" Ka-Chi sounds like the voice of a one-man revolution that is willing and able to spark a change for good, whether it be
socially or in your way of thinking. It is as smart as anything else undiscovered you will hear for some time.…Plain and simple,
this is music that begs to be heard; so do it” ...Brian Campbell, DCathome.com

Lyrics

(Give my) Soul Liberty

Written By: Ka-Chi

Sitting there waiting for your life to get into gear
Wonder when wonder where
And maybe it’s this year, this year
Looking there searching for the remedy, for the misery
Oh give my soul liberty!
Somebody set me free, and free, and free

Cos I’m not sitting anymore
And I’m not looking any longer
I’ve got to get up, and I’ve got to move something
I’ve got to get out, and steer my destiny

Sitting there waiting for the pieces to fall into place
Well that’s not how the puzzle works
And I don’t plan on acting like a jerk
The monotony’s got me going berserk
And all these troubled times, on my troubled mind
They’re transcending the time and space
And it makes me want to leave this place right now
Right now, right now, right now, set me free, and free and free

Cos I’m not sitting anymore
And I’m not troubled any longer
I’ve got to stand up, and I’ve got to take control
I’ve got to stand out, and give my soul liberty!

Date With the Law

Written By: Ka-Chi

Just another night on a date with the blue & white!
I pulled up at the ATM
trying to get my money right
I switched on the hazards
Yes I had on the warning lights
But these mothers don't care!
They're always looking for a fight

I say
Mr Policeman!
You don't want a taste of my wrath man
I could load up these bullets and blast man
And what the hell is it worth in the long run
oh! oh!

Mr Policeman
Why've you got your hands on your gun man?
Said i fit the profile of the wrong one
ineptitude and injustice belong now
Yeah eh!

Is it wrong to divide up and break up a fight?
I was just standing by trying to put things right
But when time comes the guilty take flight
And the blue and white got theire prize in sight
(And its)
just another night what a day to be read you rights
Just trying to get downtown
Without no incidence
And i've got my six string in the back seat if thats whats making you tense
And then you try to cop out on that broke tailight pretense

Mr Policeman
You don't want a taste of my wrath man
I could load up these bullets and blast man
What the hell is it worth in the long run?
Ooh! oh!

Mr Policeman
Why've you got your hands on your gun man
Said i fit the profile of the wrong one
Ineptitude and injustice belong now
Yeah eh!

Mr Policeman!
Ooh ooh oh oh oh!
Policeman!
Yeah eh eh hey!

Life of Compromise

Written By: Ka-Chi

You thought it was the greatest brainchild of the universe
A concept for a fruitful earth
But these fleeting illusions of perfection
Fall apart and reveal the tarnished sections
And life is just a beautiful curse
Every moment filled with a fearful lust
And our dreams are premonitions
Now you see the exit sign when its time to get up off the stage

And you want to get loose
When you realize it’s a life of compromises
Now its time to choose
And learn to rise in the eyes of life’s surprises

With your back up against the wall
Will you stand or will you fall
Down, down, down, down, down (x4)

Will you run away,
Put your dreams away
Will you follow all the exit signs or will you stay
Is it here today?
Or would you even say
Because your words just may be judged on your return to clay

And you thought it was the greatest brainchild of the universe
A concept for a fruitful birth
But these fleeting illusions of perfection
Fall apart and reveal the tarnished sections (yeah)
And life is just a beautiful curse
Every moment filled with a fearful lust
And our dreams are premonitions
Now you see the exit signs when its time to get up off the stage

And you got to get loose
When you realize it’s a life of compromises
Now its time to choose
And learn to rise in the eyes of life’s surprises

With your back up against the wall
Will you stand or will you fall
Down, down, down, down, down
(Will you fall down, In this life of compromise?)

Safe in these arms

Written By: Ka-Chi

Safe in these arms
Safe in these arms
Safe in these arms, of mine

In the storm, I'll bring you calm
And girl you know I'll keep you from harm
And in the winter, I'll be your warmth
I'll be your shelter, I'll be your home
And I may falter but I’ll never fold
And in trouble times, I'm your stronghold

I'll keep ya
Safe in these arms
Safe in these arms
Safe in these arms, of mine

So when you feel like crying, put your hands in mine
I'll be there for you I promise always be true and
You can count on me, no hypocrisy
I'll do what I say its not fiction or fantasy and
When your skies are grey I'll chase those clouds away and
No more rain again
I'll take away the pain and keep ya

Safe in these arms
Safe in these arms
Safe in these arms, of mine

Fool's Goal

Written By: Ka-Chi

These here are my tales by moonlight
Sit around at the bonfire light
These stories they’re old as daylight
Passed around in experiences by you and I-I

When I was just a little man
And wisdom was just a grain of sand
Counting the tick of time in the goodness of God’s graces
Walking the crooked line yet seeking fortune’s kisses
Then I thought I’d hatch the greatest plan
And be the one to defy the angels ban
Sell my principles and keep my soul
But soon I realized this was just a fool’s go-al

Just a fool’s go-al (3X)

These here are my tales by moonlight
Gather round and kick a load off tonight
These journeys I traveled day and night
Revealing secrets that been hidden from the human Eye-eye

When I was just a little boy
I was told the world would be my toy
Deal my cards right and pack a handful of aces n
Build my castle in wide and open spaces
Do myself and don’t worry about the dirty politics
till I walked in and couldn’t help but see the game of pimps and tricks
Pride precedes a fall and soon you’ll be hearing the angels call cos
Faith in promises is just a fool’s go-al

Just a fool’s go-al (3X)

Discography

"Soul Liberty - Demo Sessions" (2006)
1. Soul Liberty
2. Date With the Law
3. Safe in these arms
4. Hey over there
5. Redemption Song

Come on Home (2008)
1. Come on Home
2. I Love You
3. In these Arms
4. B OK
5. Life of Compromise
6. So Used
7. Mr. Policeman
8. Fool's Goal

SOME VENUES PLAYED:

Maryland - Mayorga Cafe, Silver Spring MD; Leadbetters, Baltimore MD; Cheerleaders, Baltimore MD; The 8x10 club, Baltimore MD; Ryan's Daughter, Baltimore MD; The Brass Monkey, Baltimore MD; Mick O'shea's, Baltimore MD; JJ McBrides, Towson MD; Xando, Baltimore MD;

Washington DC - Politics and Prose, Ellingtons on Eighth, Bar Nun

Virginia - Jammin Java, Alexandria VA

New York - Caffe Vivaldi, NYC; The Baggot Inn, NYC; The Lion's Den, NYC; 169 Bar, NYC;

Pennsylvania - The Bubble Lounge, Philadelphia; World Cafe Live, Philadelphia;

North Carolina - Caffe Driade, Chapel Hill; Via Cappuccino, Rocky Mount; Open Eye Cafe, Chapel Hill

Ohio - The Grog shop, Cleveland; The Nite Owl, Dayton;

California - Grant & Green, San Francisco; Nomad Cafe, Oakland; Silk Road Lounge, Oakland; Gravity Lounge, San Francisco; Eli's Mile High Club, Oakland; El Rio, San Francisco; Brainwash Cafe, San Francisco.

Set List

Here's a quick sampling of some songs you may here at a show:

Originals
1. Soul Liberty
2. Date with the Law
3. Safe in these arms
4. Hey over there
5. Be OK
6. Fool's Goal
7. Life of Compromise
8. New Love
9. Serenity
10. Can I give you roses
11. Come on Home
12. Just Slide
13. So Used
14. Worst Enemy
15. I Love You
15. A song for Mama
16. What time does the party start?
17.

Covers
1. Redemption Song - Bob Marley
2. No Woman no Cry - Bob Marley
3. Wish you were here - Pink Floyd
4. If I was President - Wyclef Jean
5. Collide - Howie Day
6. Drive - Incubus
7. Green Eyes - Coldplay
8. Fix you - Coldplay
9. Layla - Eric Clapton
10. Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake am - Fela Kuti
11. Something about Mary - Wyclef Jean
12. Baby Can I hold you tonight - Tracy Chapman
13. Two wrongs - Wyclef Jean
14. I shot the sheriff - Bob Marley
15. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley