Akua Naru, a Ghanaian-American rapper, producer, activist, and researcher, employs rhyme to explore the many realities of black women over a variety of musical genres, from jazz to soul.
Early years spent in the Pentecostal church paved the way for Akua Naru’s ascent to fame as a poet around the world. She is referred to as “a carrier of the torch for Global Black Culture.” Her extraordinary lyrical poetry, storytelling prowess, and unparalleled eloquence in combining historical subjects into her music have mesmerized academics and activists from all over the world.
She has released several albums, including “The Journey Aflame” (2011), “Live & Aflame Sessions” (2012), “The Miner’s Canary” (2015), and “The Blackest Joy” (2018). Her lyrics and performances unmistakably pay homage to the history of soul music and the rich tradition of trailblazing female artists on which it is built.
Akua has been given the opportunity to speak at numerous universities, including Harvard, Oxford, Cornell, Princeton, Fordham, University of Cologne (Germany), Ahfad University for Women (Sudan), and Pivot Point College (China).
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