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Black & Blues

by Iyeoka Okoawo

Hip Hop / Eclectic Music Spoken Word
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Just One
Iyeoka Okoawo
5:19 $0.99
2. Mohegans
Iyeoka Okoawo and Omoizele Okoawo
4:28 $0.99
3. Pass It On
Iyeoka Okoawo
4:25 $0.99
4. Tangled Up In Blue
Iyeoka Okoawo
3:04 $0.99
5. Between The Lines
Iyeoka Okoawo
7:52 $0.99
6. Solitary Girl
Iyeoka Okoawo
2:38 $0.99
7. Hit The Ground Running
Iyeoka Okoawo
5:29 $0.99
8. She Doesn't Know Her Beauty
Iyeoka Okoawo
2:47 $0.99
9. Sometimes It Rains
Iyeoka Okoawo
6:44 $0.99
10. All Because Of You
Iyeoka Okoawo and Bryonn Bain
5:50 $0.99
11. Shadow
Iyeoka Okoawo
5:21 $0.99
12. Yesterday's Blues
Iyeoka Okoawo
3:01 $0.99
13. Pass It On (Interlude)
Iyeoka Okoawo
2:14 $0.99
14. Love Can't Get By Me
Iyeoka Okoawo
2:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
"My goal is simple…I just want to move the world one poem at a time."

Boston-based Nigerian poet/singer Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo grew up with a commanding voice and a love for the stage - her
first award-winning performance was at age sixteen, performing monologues for oratory competitions at Boston Latin High School - but it was ironically in her college years while obtaining a degree in pharmacy at Northeastern University, that she found her vocal freedom, when she discovered two different outlets in art: Poetry and Music.
Iyeoka learned the art of interpretation from her experience choosing powerful monologues aimed at moving people. Soon she would learn to create her own movement. Embracing the power of words from poets and authors such as Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith and Alice Walker, Iyeoka discovered that choosing your path effectively towards expressive freedom begins from within and builds momentum with the truth of the story that you create. Iyeoka’s spirit gravitated towards gospel and soul shakers: artists like Nina Simone that pull you in from the gut, all for the simple need to redefine the boundaries. From these connections, Iyeoka quickly learned that her poems can transform into songs and reemerge as unique, sometimes bittersweet, poetic and emotionally complex gifts.

After graduating Northeastern University with a degree in
pharmacy and creating a successful name as nationally acclaimed slam performance poet, Iyeoka found a comfortable rhythm to co-exist as a poet-pharmacist.

Iyeoka returned to her community as a true healer of body and soul.
Counseling customers by day, rocking stages by night!

Day job helping to sustain the art until the art can sustain itself.

Embraced as a top poet on the National Poetry Slam circuit, Iyeoka began to draw a very loyal fan base with the successful releases of her 2000 compilation Some Nights and her 2004 debut full-length album, Black and Blues. The warm reception of Iyeoka’s poems/songs, which included
recognition from the New England Urban Music Award Commission, led to opportunities that included invitations to events such as the Trumpet Awards, network opportunities such as Def Poetry Jam, and commissions to create original poems for corporate and humanitarian organizations from Arnold Worldwide Ad Agency to The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation.

Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo, who has become a regular on the national college touring circuit, is currently preparing to share her gifts on an international level. Iyeoka has been invited to perform her poetry at the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation Summit in Abuja, Nigeria July, 2006.
The Leon H. Sullivan Summits bring together the world’s political and business leaders, delegates representing national and international civil and multinational organizations, and members of academic institutions in order to focus attention and resources on Africa’s economic and social development.

Iyeoka plans to self-release her second full-length album in the fall of 2006.

Combining her vocal talents, passion for writing and theater background, she captivates audiences with pieces that touch on a wide range of issues-love, women, culture, struggle, relationships, among many others. Iyeoka's performance was described at the National Poetry Slam as "a conversation stopper" and a "refreshing return to the essence of good spoken word poetry."



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Very beautiful, very moving, and well produced. Keep on doing what you do, I'm enjoying it.

Kim H.

Stays in the CD Player...
This CD is magical.

The words, the sound of her voice, her passionate spirit it seeps thru the speakers and gives me a hug as I work at home alone. I usually work in silence but since i've gotten this it has been my new work companion.


the Warrior G.R.I.O.T.

Colorful words and topics. Well written. Great performance. Good production.
Black & Blues is the art of 21st century spoken word poetry at it's best. It leaves very little to be desired.
This poet gives it 5 pens and a standing ovation. Great job Queen.


Very Inspiring
She moves me in ways no other poet has moved me. This CD is a must have for your collection. You don't even have to like poetry to like this CD. She has a mix of Jazz, R&B, Rap and poetry. I am looking forward to her next CD. Buy it now, you will not be disappointed.


simply breathtaking
she is an amazing speaker/singer. her words, her voice, and music hold a certain wisdom that relates and even appeals to everyone. definately a must have!


Dynamic! A Masterpiece!
This CD is a masterpiece! Poetry lovers and non-poetry lovers alike will love this CD. You can feel Okoawo's passion radiating through every track. This CD is definately a MUST HAVE for anyone who loves poetry and good music. To me, Okoawo is a blend of Sade and Maya Angelou. Awesome.