Sonia Aimy

Sonia Aimy

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With an inimitable velvety voice, Nigerian-born Italian songwriter, singer, actress and cultural activist Sonia Aimiuwu (Aimy) is the quintessential virtuoso of world music. Her music juts out unrestrained brilliance evoking the sound of highlife, afro-jazz, and call-and-response traditional African griot styles. Sonia’s style, however, is still effortlessly "afro-jazz & folk".

Now in Canada from Italy, Sonia currently works with her excellent band of Toronto-based African musicians comp

Biography

SONIA AIMY ODUWA
With an inimitable velvety voice, Nigerian-born Italian songwriter, singer, actress and cultural activist Sonia Aimiuwu (Aimy) is the quintessential virtuoso of world music. Her music juts out unrestrained brilliance evoking the sound of highlife, afro-jazz, and call-and-response traditional African griot styles. Sonia’s style, however, is still effortlessly "afro-jazz & folk".

Touching hearts and souls has always been her passion since she started singing at the age of 11 in her native Benin City in Nigeria where she received early education from her mother in traditional folklore. Now in Canada from Italy, Sonia is currently working with her excellent band of Toronto-based African musicians comprising of guitarists Pa Joe & Dave West, bassist Ebenezer Agyekum, drum kits Walter Maclean, and Marshall Nketiah on congas.

Sonia’s experience in the arts earned her various lead roles as an actress with the National Theatre of Turin, Rome, Alma Theatre (with Paolo Rossi) as well as RAI Radio Television Italia where she excelled in various drama series. She has performed at numerous concerts throughout Europe, across Africa and now in Canada.

The multi-talented Sonia has also starred in several Italian films. Sonia’s work in the media includes writing, directing and presenting multicultural programmes for radio. Sonia’s music career started when she was in her teens, singing at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benin City, Nigeria.

She developed interest in folk, traditional music and storytelling. She later enrolled in the Esigie Cultural Group to pursue further education in traditional music and dance. When she came to Italy she studied jazz music and interpretation as well as theatre arts.

This extra music education as well as practice through performances has allowed Aimy to craft a unique sound that is distinctly her own that is a beautiful amalgam of folk, afropop and jazz.

Sonia commitment to themes of motherhood and fairplay respectively is highly present in her lyrics.

Sonia’s talent and effort has been recognised in the Italian and Nigerian society through awards and nominations like: Best Positive Figure for Youths in Turin and Caserta (2005/2006); Millennium Models Nominee among fifty Nigerians in the world by Platinum Bank Limited, Nigeria in 2003; Nominated in 2005 by AfroLife magazine among the Top Ten best Nigerians in Italy. Recently, Sonia received an award in recognition of her work and commitment to end human trafficking through Art and Culture by Regione Vale D’Aosta.

‘Miss Aimy’, as she is called by some of her close friends, is a hardworking artist, who manages her time creatively engaging in numerous artistic initiatives. Her kind and generous spirit is evident in her lyrics and can be felt in her music and stage plays and is obvious in the much she leaves on the stage in her live performances. All her events are distinctly cultural with a deep sense of her motherland, Africa setting the backdrop and providing the spiritual foundation for every moment of her presentation.

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Discography

Mother- CD Album 2008.
Kato Karha - CD Album\