Nonso

Nonso

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Nonso is a singer-songwriter and a self-taught guitarist. His arrangements often emphasize vocal harmonies above instrumentation for a stripped, bare acoustic effect that makes his "message songs" song more like love songs and vice versa.

Biography

A writer first Nonso is a storyteller by craft and began singing as a way to further those skills. Some of his influences include Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon, Nina Simone, Belle & Sebastian, and so many more. He was raised in Nigeria until the age of 15 when he moved to Brooklyn. His themes are a mix of the self-exploration cross cultural immigration brings, and an attempt to bridge the memories of his youth with his "Americanization" - including an adoration of artists like Joni Mitchell.

Lyrics

Our Civil Wars

Written By: Nonso Christian Ugbode

Bullets flying
Another soldier on the run, run, run
Children crying
Mommy can you give me more, more, more?

I've seen war drag me down
It's not just me, everybody feels it
When's it gonna stop?

I don't know what the war is for
But I sure don't want some more
If you knew what the war was for,
Only you would know the score

All of this fighting is grinding me down
It takes more than writing to kill a crown
When fear was overwhelming, revolution came
Everyone surrounded by dead for the claim

I know you like I knew your father
You know me well, but you do not bother
To pick me from the ground…

I don't know what the war is for
But I sure don't want some more
If you knew what the war was for,
Only you would know the score
Only you would know the score

Girl Boy Toy

Written By: Nonso Christian Ugbode

I find myself a taxi
On the corner of 45th
You tell me I am plastic
But my heart it wouldn't quit

So here I stand ignited
Like a fire on a stick
I'm burning out of control
And I think you have the petrol
(For one more hit)

CHORUS:
I'm not the girl
I'm not the boy
I'm not your lover
I'm not your toy

VERSE:
I read it in a text mess
They call it SMS
You said you couldn't take this (no more)
You wanted to confess

So here I stand embarrassed
A shelter for my fears
With some girl that you invited
Who has caught me with my tears (oh no!)

CHORUS:
Cuz I'm not the girl
I'm not the boy
I'm not your lover
And I'm not your toy

And she could never carry you home
She will never carry you home

VERSE:
I run into the bathroom
And try to fix my face
You call me on my cellphone
This is not the time or place

And if we were united
Like a fire and a stick
We'd burn until the morning
But it wouldn't bring you bliss

CHORUS:
I'm not the girl
I'm not the boy
I'm not your lover
I'm not your toy
(2x)

Discography

Nonso is yet unsigned but has in the past self-distributed an album entitled "Geeksongs" a companion soundtrack to the documentary film "Aardvark: 12 Weeks with Geeks" a documentary about young interns in a software company making it through their most important summer internship before graduation. The album is currently available from the iTunes store.