Berklee Summer in the CityWambura Mitaru / annieSoul

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Thursday / July 17, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue

Wambura Mitaru's eclectic and fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and sounds from her African background. A young, passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, her career began in high school with training in classical music. She attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music for further studies until 2011. Wambura Mitaru creates a hybrid sound of groovy tunes with catchy lyrics, and wants the audience to sing along from all parts of the world of music.

Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Annette “annieSoul” Oduor is an artist with a mission to showcase Africa's diversity, creativity, and intellect through her music.

A vocalist, pianist, producer, and songwriter, annieSoul has skillfully and creatively blended diverse influences. She serves up a unique take on a Swahili (sometimes Luo)-laden, socially conscious soul sound, doused in African rhythms, with just the right tinge of jazz. Drawing on her experiences in Nairobi,and across the continent, annieSoul intends to showcase Africa’s diversity, creativity and intellect through her music – a mission that has taken her to stages in South Africa, the U.S., and her native Kenya. The Boston Globe has described her as a "singer-songwriter with her own take on a Swahili, socially neo-soul sound."