In celebration of International Women’s Month Sound Culture presents two of Chicago’s most renowned international performing artists for the first time on one stage.
UGOCHI and The Afro Soul Ensemble (A.S.E.) are taking over the world. Her musical interests span all corners of the globe. Ugochi was born to Nigerian parents in Chicago. She credits both worlds with being the catalyst for her unique word, sound power and singing ability.
Ugochi’s sound has been described as “lively, energetic music that makes your feet move and heart think. Ugochi has written poems that have been honored by internationally renowned organizations like Apples and Snakes in the UK . She has also shared the stage with established artists such as Common, Eric Benet, John Legend, Femi Kuti, Edwin McCain, Maxi Priest, Malik Yusef, Umphrey’s McGee, J. Ivy, Vieux Farka Toure, Luciano, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder and Stephen Marley and Toots and the Maytals. Chicago Music Awards classified her as “Best African Entertainer 2005.” She was also the GAMA’s (Global African Music Award), “Best African Female Entertainer of 2012” and Best African Pop Artist for her hit single, “Don’t Mind Them.” Her musical reverberation, part Afrobeat and part Chi-town soul has been cleverly coined Afro-Soul. www.ugochi.com
MEGITZA is a true concert revelation – an unusual voice, charisma and beauty. Her newest album, recorded in studios across the U.S. and Poland, will be released this year. Megitza’s compositions creatively reference Eastern European folk music, combining the traditional with the modern sounds of jazz, pop, rock, and Americana.
Magitza comes from Podhale, Poland’s highlands, but for the past 11 years has been living in the USA. In 2008 Megitza released her debut album “Boleritza” with a more traditional sound. World famous violin wirtuozo Roby Lakatos was a guest on this album. Megitza sings, plays bass, and her music is dynamic, vibrant, full of energy, uniting listeners of all ages. “Passionate rhythm and heart rendering vocals” writes New City Music (Chicago). The four-year collaboration with Chicago musicians Andreas Kapsalis (guitar), Jamie Gallagher (drums) and Marek Lichota (bayan), resulted in hundreds of concerts and appearances at major festivals in the U.S.. Megitza is a composer, vocalist, and a bassist with an amazing musical talent. www.megitza.com