Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Afro soul Chidinma Okafor was born in Lagos, Nigeria to an evangelist father. She began singing in her father's Assemblies of God Church in Suru Lere, Lagos, Nigeria at the age of 6. By the time she was 10 years old she had established her self as a soloist. Her crystalline voice set her apart from other singers. By the time she was 15 years old it was obvious that she would become a great singer.
Surrounded by all ethnic groups of Nigeria gave Chidinma Okafor an advantage. She became fluent in all the Nigerian languages as well as the English language. Her unique abilities for languages allowes her to sing in Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa and English.
She has become a true Nigerian singer like her hero Fela Kuti, singing not only to her ethnic group, but to all Nigerians. Her ability to write great songs have made her a household name. In 1999 she featured in an album entitled “IDE JI NDUM”, popularly known as “OBI NASOM RIKPO”, one of the best selling albums in Nigerian music.
In 2002 she went into studio with her producer, Franklin Okafor, to produce her solo debut album “DALU CHIM” (G29 Music, 2002), which won many awards including FNEI UK award for best gospel act 2003.
In September 2004 Chidinma Okafor performed at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall as a soloist with The Yoruba Women Choir which also featured Dr. Bola Are. Dec. 2005 she performed at the Hackney Empire, London with her Voice of Vision Band.
In 2006 she toured Europe with her full band performing in various Music Festivals and concerts.
In 2006 she released “MOVING HIGHER” (G29 Music, 2006) that includes JABURATA, her biggest hit single to date. Chidinma Okafor produces her most remarkable vocal performance on record so far with JABURATA where she effortlessly mixes the languages together on tight rhythms that recall the great music of Prince Nico Mbarga at his very best. In 2007 she returned to the studio to record a remarkable double album “OPE LOYE O” (G29 Music, 2007), the only album in Nigerian music to have secured 4 hit singles in 4 different languages of Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa and English.
Modern Gospel from West Africa
Ope Loye O / Olu Oma / Okpara Chineke / Mukulu
Aha Di Ebube