Curated by Merrill Garbus from Tune-Yards
With classic boom bap hip hop sounds, socially conscious rhymes and jazz-soul elements, Naru has garnered attention and accumulated rave reviews. Being associated with artist movements such as the 90’s hip hop era and acts such as Lauryn Hill & The Roots, Naru’s musical and poetic gifts have been appreciated among hip hop circles and are amplified within live performance. Representing strongly when performing with The DIGFLO Band, a six-piece ensemble including drums, keys, saxophone/flute, bass, guitar, and turntables, Akua Naru and her band have a reputation for captivating audiences, hyping crowds, and inspiring many. Clearly, her music and performances are a testament to the legacy of soul music and the powerful trailblazing female artist tradition on which it builds.
With the release of her debut album “…The Journey Aflame”, Naru has in a short time solidified herself as a prototype for what women in hip hop can be. Since the album was released, the album, it has been deemed a classic hip hop contribution by critics from New York to Moscow.