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Release Date: 10/03/2017
Catalogue No.: CD-FD-054
Record Label: Father/Daughter Records
Format: CD

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya is a multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and performer. His musical identity was forged in the DIY community of Chicago. Relentless participation in numerous musical projects bridged genres and created inroads between scenes. His ubiquitous presence was satirized by a 2016 quote from Into It. Over It._x001A_s Evan Weiss in the Red Eye Chicago: _x001A_If Chicago music had elected o_x001F_ces, Ogbonnaya probably would be mayor._x001A_ Constant participation at the local level quickly opened channels to a broad cross-section of the arts world. Nnamdi toured the USA and Canada with projects ranging from punk to jazz. He played the basements of Mexico and Europe in his hardcore band, Itto. His jazz-fusion project Monobody opened for Tortoise on one of Chicago_x001A_s premiere stages. A full accounting of his musical activity over the last eight years includes approximately 15 bands and dozens of tours. All the while, Nnamdi has released a stream of records and EPs under the ironic moniker _x001A_Nnamdi_x001A_s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project._x001A_ His solo styling combines hip-hop, math, gospel, rock, and jazz. The releases range in tone from the colorful hip-hop of Feckin Wierdo (2014) to the bleak post-punk atonality of the Despondent EP (2013). His songs often contain a sense of satire that can be just as humorous as it is critical. Nnamdi_x001A_s lyrical insights draw on the diversity of his cultural experience as a Black, Jewish, fi_x001E_rst generation Nigerian-American. Nnamdi reads and writes music fl_x001D_uently, and relies on those skills as part of his dedicated creative process. His work is characterized by the coupling of sophisticated compositional structures with pop-music motifs. His live performances are characterized by ever evolving arrangements, which can take the form of an intimate solo exhibition or a 15-piece orchestral presentation. DROOL, his most mature and accessible work to date, is a Father/Daughter Records & Sooper Records co-release, out March 10, 2017. Nnamdi co-founded Sooper Records in 2016 as a platform to focus on his solo music, and to share the music of his community.



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