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“he is a true, thoroughly exciting, original”
jazztimes

“a very sophisticated singer with a strong voice”
jazzwise

“you just don’t jazz, you rock”
rádio europa lisboa

“there’s something magical about his voice”
bbc radio ulster

“Eghobamien’s voice is rich and sure, relying for its considerable effect on its resonance and timbre… Poured Gently is an absorbing and original set, intelligently programmed and elegantly performed.”
vortex cd reviews

“brings a wealth of experience and tastes to this debut cd [Poured Gently]. strong performances of jazz classics…set against his own distinctive work”
the northern echo

“all of the selections of Poured Gently appear to have been selected carefully for numerous reasons, such as variety of styles, infinite moods and in the end a musical portrait of a singular singer, Aimua Eghobamien.”
ejazznews

“original, innovative, quite refreshing to hear something different… it’s wonderful to hear music like this… [when] voice is an instrument… it’s awfully telling of the actual musicality of the artist…almost Bobby McFerrin-like. this new album [Poured Gently] really crosses the boundaries.”
north manchester fm 106.6

“when I listen to your music and your vocal sound I get Ian Shaw, Al Jarreau”
bbc radio cumbria

Aimua Eghobamien is a New York-based, British singer-songwriter and poet. He released his third album, Brazen. Simple., in March 2017 with exquisitely crafted songs and poetry. Drawing from influences that include his Ẹdo heritage, jazz, blues, classical and folk music, Brazen. Simple. creates a non-linear memoir that exposes once private thoughts and shares significant periods in his life. Described by JazzTimes as “a true and thoroughly exciting original”, his style can only be described—if it must—as post-beat urban contemporary jazz.

He released his second album, London Live, in 2014. Recorded at Kings Place and Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Live captures Eghobamien’s Black Sessions project, created and performed by him with a group of brilliantly talented UK musicians. The album showcases a number of Eghobamien’s own compositions that realise the full synthesis of his musical roots. For the first time, Eghobamien’s poetry complements his music to create an innovative performance aesthetic. To achieve this mix of styles and genres Eghobamien utilises an ensemble that also pushes the boundaries of the typical trio or quartet. In addition to double bass, piano, marimba and string quartet he substitutes the standard jazz drum kit with mostly West African percussion instruments that include the djembé, udu, shekere, cajón and darbuka. Jazzwise describes him as “a very sophisticated singer with a strong voice”.

Eghobamien released and toured his debut album, Poured Gently, in 2010 to rave reviews along with radio interviews and airplay in the UK and Europe. The album combines fresh and unusual arrangements of jazz and pop standards by Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Alec Wilder, Thelonious Monk and Jon Hendricks, George and Ira Gershwin, Stevie Wonder and Bon Jovi, with haunting and melodic original compositions and thoughtful lyrics. He teamed up with pop music video director Nick Bartleet to produce a unique music video for the track, “‘Tis What It Is”.

In addition to his solo vision, his past projects include the collaborative Indigo Sessions featuring his quartet of two double basses, violin and voice; and Heliotrope Set featuring his trio of double bass, drums and voice devoted to jazz and pop standards. He curated a two-year residency at The Pheasantry Pizza Express with Aimua + Friends.

Eghobamien studied Jazz Vocal Performance at City College of the City University of New York. He also studied Creative Writing at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He begins a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry at The New School in New York in the autumn of 2017. He studied voice with Mark Oswald, one of the Metropolitan Opera’s leading voice teachers. He was a member of Barry Harris’ Jazz Ensemble Choir and the Times Square Church Choir. As a singer, songwriter and poet he draws constant inspiration from many influences especially Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Babatunde Olatunji, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, E. E. Cummings, Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton and Charles Simic. Complementary to his musical inspirations, his studies and writings in poetry and prose are an integral part of his creative process and performances.