Ghanaian-American rapper Akua Naru is a hip-hop musician, producer, activist, and scholar who uses rhyme to explore the diverse experiences of black women over a musical range ranging from jazz to soul.
Akua Naru’s quest to become a worldwide poet began with an early upbringing in the Pentecostal church, and she is known as “a carrier of the torch for Global Black Culture.” Scholars and activists from all over the world have been captivated by her remarkable lyrical poetry, storytelling aptitude, and unrivalled eloquence in incorporating historical themes into her music.
“The Journey Aflame (2011)”, “Live & Aflame Sessions (2012)”, “The Miner’s Canary (2015)”, and “The Blackest Joy (2018)” are among her albums. Her songs and performances clearly honour the lineage of soul music and the great trailblazing female artist tradition on which it is founded.
Akua has been invited to lecture at Harvard University, University of Oxford, Cornell University, Princeton University, Fordham University, University of Cologne (Germany), Ahfad University for Women (Sudan), and Pivot Point College (China), among countless others.
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