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"Tamara Turner"

With distant echoes of Annie Lennox, Kate Fenner and Jann Arden, Australian adult rocker, Uka, demonstrates adult contemporary pop with a light and winged soul and spirit. Weaving in some threads of jazz, a little blues (hear that crying guitar in the background?) and mellow rock within her consistently-stable sound, she maintains edge and originality to perk up the ears while laying down a common groove that the heart can respond to. - CD Baby


"London Review"

U-ka's dream team is a fabulous cast of renown jazz players. It includes such songs as "Opulence". A well conceived solo debut album. Also, there is an musical adventurousness here, typified by River song where free jazz meets more mainstream song writing approach: Folk, rock, country...Great Stuff! - Panartist.com


"Fabulous, Soul Tingling"

My husband and I love this CD. Naomi is fabulous, her voice is so pure. His favorite is "Opulence" and mine is "Shine On Me" but they're all great! - Becchi Oesterle


"This is Fantastic. Love every song."

We love this CD. Every song is wonderful and just makes you want to keep listening...as well as singing them to yourself the rest of the day. Perfect blend. - Bill Cone


Discography

LPs:
1. Bermagui; with Charles Neville (Neville Brothers)
2. Live at Snug Habor; with Charles Neville
3.Solu Khumbu;
3. U-Ka Live with Charles Neville

Singles: Opulence; Shine On Me; Falling.

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U-ka means " brightness".... the stardance light that fills the sea..."I found this description in a children's book I was reading my son about the whales living in the Alaskan seas It reminded me of the same light I would see looking out of my loungeroom window onto the Pacific Ocean,as a kid growing up in Australia. " Naomi

In 2004 U-Ka fast became a favorite of those in the music “know” across the globe. Renowned for their impressive live shows and soulful sound U-Ka has rapidly built a fan base that extends around the world selling out shows from Australia to England, including London’s famous club, ‘Borderline’. All without the involvement of a major record label.

Ukamusic was created by Australian singer, songwriter and, multi-instrumentalist Naomi Louise Warne in 1993 when she lived in New Orleans.The inspiration of this city & her collaboration with the great jazz saxophonist Charles Neville ( Neville Brothers) produced some fabulous "live" performaces, including the New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival,and the U-Ka "live" at Snug Harbour CD -proceeds to hurricane relief)

Naomi began her career at an early age singing lead vocals for Australia's Young Northside Big Band. They performed at the esteemed Monterey Jazz Festival where Naomi caught the eye of Jazz Legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Joe Williams, and Buddy Rich. John Lewis of the ‘Modern Jazz Quartet’ was so taken by her voice that he compared her to the “Late, great Julie London.”

Naomi graduated from the New South Wales Music Conservatorium (Australia) in Jazz Studies, and spent her 20’s making a mark in the Australian music scene as the voice behind numerous movie and television theme songs, including the popular children's show 'Wonderworld', TV commercials and, as an in-demand session player. Her original music has turned up all over Australia, featured in TV mini-series and, the pick for ‘theme song’ for the ‘2000 Sydney Olympics’. Her song. ‘Shine on Me’, beat out thousands of entries, including submissions by world famous artists such as INXS.

Naomi has worked with such industry giants as Falchner 0’Kelly (Sinead O’Conner, Bananarama) and Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow); and jazz greats Charles Neville and Herb Mickman. Rob Hirst from ‘Midnight Oil’ calls her “One of Australia’s most gifted blues singers.”

In 2004 Naomi recorded ‘Bermagui’, the first album release by U-ka, featuring Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) at the legendary Winslow Court Studios in Los Angeles. ‘Bermagui was a huge success, revealing strong and beautiful songs by Naomi and Nicholas Charles.In addition to having two number one songs on i-Tunes in the Blues section , it was featured three times on MSN’s front page next to artists such as Eminem and also won a variety of ‘best of' Internet awards, culminating in U-Ka winning ‘Indie Artist of the Year’ Europe 2004.

While recording ‘Bermagui’, Naomi met drummer Gregory Slay (formerly of Remy Zero) who was recording in the next room. In spite of their very different styles and histories, there was an immediate bond and mutual respect for one other. Gregory’s drumming is extolled as some of the best in the world by the ‘emo/screamo’ kids and many of rock & roll’s elite. His unique talents bring a welcome edge to U-ka’s already delightfully complex sound, showcased by Solu Khumbu CD

Take Naomi’s smokey bluesy voice over Gregory’s soundscapes and legendary drumming, add some of Jazz’ greats (Charles Neville, James Singleton, Herb Taylor, Larry Sieberth, Jim Lassen, Kristen Gaitenby, Gregory Boyd) and a handful of Rock & Roll’s most eminent; Cedric Le Moyne (Remy Zero, Alanis Morrisette,Gnarls Barkley), Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil, Russel Crowe’s band -The Ordinary Fear of God), Mark Simms – Bass; (Ben Harper), Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero, Beck), Takeshi (Ziggy Marley), Kevin Longden – Guitars; (John Fogerty), Rami (Wallflowers,Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, Keith Urban), Jeff Young (Sting, Alanis Morrisette, Bruce Springsteen) and Christian Scott, and the outcome is the diverse and unique sound that is U-ka.