Listen to the artists featured here in SPOTLIGHT on The ISB Radio Show, every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm E.S.T. on www.RhythmAndSoulRadio.com
With the release of her debut CD, Moments of Clarity, Book 1 (2005) Wayna solidified herself as an emerging singer/songwriter and a compelling, vivid storyteller. Since then, the Ethiopian native, whose musical style can be found between Minnie Riperton, Lauryn Hill, and Billie Holiday has used her soulful voice and dynamic stage show to wow audiences, critics, and CD buyers worldwide. Essence Magazine proclaimed her as “one to watch.” Billboard magazine hailed her “a standout on the indie front,” and Stevie Wonder said she is “incredible.”
With her sophomore effort, Higher Ground, Wayna indeed reaches new and daring heights, experimenting with broken beat and progressive hip hop, while remaining true to her roots in classic soul and contemporary R&B. Featuring performances from underground standouts Kenn Starr, Muhsinah, and Kokayi, and production from longtime collaborators Kev Brown and RoddyRod, Higher Ground offers a thrilling blend of infectious melodies, colorful lyrics, and dirty drums.
Click on WAYNA’s pic to visit her MySpace page.
Upcoming MIHE events in October:
ONGOING, UWS,NYC, Soulful Sounds: Extended Happy Hour at The Sugar Bar
ONGOING, Harlem,NYC, The Indie Soul Brunch at SIP Lounge
11/19/08, Harlem, NYC, The Ladies Of Soul Concert 2 feat. LINDSAY R. WATSON @ The Shrine,CANCELLED!
11/22/08, Harlem, NYC, MIHE Jazz Series feat. THE D’ANGELO JAZZ TRIO @ Billie’s Black