With classic boom bap hip-hop sounds, profound mastery of lyricism, socially conscious rhymes, and astonishing musicianship, it is no wonder that 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 within and beyond hip hop circles and are amplified within live performance. Accompanied by her band, DIGFLO, a six-piece ensemble including drums, keys, saxophone/flute, bass, guitar, and turntables, Akua Naru has a reputation for captivating audiences, hyping crowds, inspiring many, and forcing some to counter and dispel the myths regarding what they have been taught about women and hip hop. 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.
Room2 Records co-founder Ellis Meade will be supporting Akua Naru. The world is starting to take notice of Ellis Meade, he’s been supported by BBC Introducing and BBC 1xtra’s DJ Target made ‘Limitless’ his track of the week in 2014. Ellis’ prowess on the mic, relatable lyrics and tight flow have made him one the key players in the Manchester scene. Currently sat at the forefront of the on-fire UK hip-hop scene, Ellis Meade is truly one to watch.
“Breathtaking” BBC Introducing
The Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open beforehand for delicious food and drinks.