Sunday, February 17, 2008
Here is another new artist to me which I fell upon on CD Baby.
Check out Afi's MySpace or CD Baby to listen to hear her music:
Afi [pronounced ah-FEE]Get acquainted now, because Afi [pronounced ah-FEE] will soon be a name on discerning lips everywhere. Like Eryka Badu and Jill Scott before her, Afi is the latest in a line of talented soul artists emerging from the underground.
Multitalented, Afi sings and pens tunes worthy of Washington DCs soulful heritage. This Howard University musical theatre graduate began performing at the age of two in traditional African dance. She soon incorporated singing, drama, and other forms of dance into her repertoire.
Afi's craft was cultivated through pre-eminent programs such as The Children's Urban Arts ensemble (CUE), DC Youth Ensemble, and the Kankouran West African Dance Company. Afi has remained fiercely independent, even in the light of a recent flurry of attention. One who blesses the world when she opens her mouth, Afi has serenaded her way to gigs throughout Washington's live music scene. Most of her fans caught her funked-out soul performances as the headline act every first Saturday of the month in Washington, D.C., or at B-Girl Manifesto a popular regular showcase series for women performing artists, or even through her independently released single, "Same Ole" which earned her a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Artist in 2002 by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). She was also a finalist in Washingtons Women Who Jam talent showcase.
Without as much as a CD single available in stores, Afi racked up numerous venues up and down the East coast, including Philadelphia's famed Black Lily, and had the opportunity to open for some of the most talented and respected people in the music industry today. Her amazing vocal ability and stage presence touches her audience as she performs original and classic tunes with vocal prowess of one twice her age. The sunflower, Afi's symbol, represents Afi's talent to uplift through performance, and she does just that.
You can also catch her here.