KUKU

KUKU

BandFolkAcoustic

An AfroSoul Acoutic experience; Singer/songwriter and guitarist KUKU infuses traces of his Nigerian heritage in his brand of Acoustic Soul music.

Biography

Once a basketball-playing schoolboy in Lagos, Nigeria, dreaming about NBA success in the U.S. Now in the U.S, Once a minimum wage fast food worker, warehouse laborer, club bouncer working to attain a college degree. Once a soldier in the United States Army hoping to use his military background as a stepping stone for bigger and better future career aspirations. Once a bankrupt college student waiting to take the corporate world by storm. Always, but now, a mature artist determined to share his gift of music with the world.

"Unexpected pleasures, that's what I'm going to give to you." Those are words from the American-born-Nigerian-raised singer/songwriter/guitarist KUKU. A self-taught guitarist and an advocate for the phrase "Less is more," especially when it come to the music he creates; following the footsteps of acoustic singer/songwriter and artists such as Richie Haven, Terry Callier, Bill Withers and a host many other influences. KUKU embraces the music of his birthplace, and traces of his Nigerian/Yoruba traditions are ever present in the acoustic essence of his soul music.

"Folky-soul" is what a few choose to label what KUKU does, but he lovingly calls it soul music-literally and musically. The "Love Sessions (ep)" is the first installment from KUKU to the music-loving world. An independently released EP under is own imprint MR KUKU Recordings, and an excerpt from a full-length project to be released in summer 2005. On "Love Sessions," KUKU delivers six tracks of guitar driven songs including the sensual ballad "Sunrise in Bed," which among many places could be heard on the answering machine greetings of a few of KUKU's adoring female fan. Another notable is the EP's fourth track "It's Alright to Sing So Blue", a potential "feel good" anthem

With appearance at venues such as the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, California's Temple Bar, and Chicago's South Shore Cultural Center to name a few, this six-foot-four Nigerian man with the guitar is quickly becoming a cult favorite, and he is gradually gaining worldwide recognition with his coined "Afro-Soul Acoustic Experience".
Love is his message, regardless of how the song is sung or the story is told. This notion will be heard in forth-coming "Unexpected Pleasures". But before then get the sizzling limited edition appetizer "LOVE SESSION (ep)".

Lyrics

LOVE

Written By: KUKU & CHRIS MENDELIS

Love is sweet, love is kind
Some say love is blind, but I can see clear
Love got me singing, love got me dancing
I bet you are wondering why, I seem so high
Love, love, love, love

Don't hold back, don't think twice
Some say true love comes, once in your life
So take advantage, don't think of heartbreaks
Come with me, lets get high, off this thing called love
Love, love, love, love

Anytime is the best time to love,
Summer, winter, autumn, or spring

Roses, candies diamonds and kisses,
This are simple elements of love

Love is fearless, sometimes careless
Sometimes love makes you do some crazy things
Love has got no season, sometimes no reason
Like rain love will fall ready or not
Love, love, love, love

After and Then

Written By: KUKU

Looked out my window
Leafless trees I see
Though it’s not real
Because it’s summer, it’s July
Went by the beach, No sign of the sea
No water in sight, like a desert land
Looked up in sky, the cloud seems close to me
Frowning at me, threatened to rain down on me

After the tears, after the pain
After the cloudy skies and rain
Then their there’ll be laughs, then there’ll be love
Then there’ll be sunshine that we crave
After the night, then comes the day
After we fight then we will play
The seasons will change, one thing remains
True love, that’s all we need

It’s thundering and lighting
Oh, what a storm
Though I am scared
I‘m dancing soaking wet
So I have learned to see the rainbow
You’ve got to stand the storm
Rain go away, I want to play
Wash our problems away

After the tears, after the pain
After the cloudy skies and rain
Then their there’ll be laughs, then there’ll be love
Then there’ll be sunshine that we crave
After the night, then comes the day
After we fight then we will play
The seasons will change, one thing remains
True love, that’s all we need

After and then, Love will blow like breeze
After and then, Love will flow like the sea
After and then, Love will grow like seeds
After and then, our love will never leave

After the tears, after the pain
After the cloudy skies and rain
Then their there’ll be laughs, then there’ll be love
Then there’ll be sunshine that we crave
After the night, then comes the day
After we fight then we will play
The seasons will change, one thing remains
True love, that’s all we need

Discography

LOVE SESSIONS (EP) 2005

OASIS Urban Vol. V

Video: KUKU live at the Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage July 23, 2005 and Nov 22, 2004:

Watch: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/artist_detail.cfm?artist_id=KUKU

The Single "Sunrise in Bed" have Aired on XM Radio Channel 61, EavesDrop WKDU 91.7FM in Philadelphia , and London Englands Soul 24/7

Set List

Originals with the exception of a few covers and standards.

Covers
Bob Marley: No Woman No Cry/Waiting in Vain

Bill Withers: Just the two of Us

Standard
For sentimatal Reasons/L.O.V.E/Nature Boy