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DJ Debbie  meets Josephine Oniyama ahead of PORTRAIT release & her  upcoming tours: African Essence

DJ Debbie meets Josephine Oniyama ahead of PORTRAIT release & her upcoming tours: African Essence

Playing tracks by

Aishe Kone, Josephine Oniyama and Mashasha.

It's not often I declare myself to be an absolute fan of anyone as I meet so many musicians through my radio + promotion activities. Sometimes someone just shines: Josephine Oniyama is one such. (Alongside Krystal Warren & Fatoumata Diawara) . I first met her over 10 years ago at MODAL (the UK's WOMEX of yore) - a determined and truly skilled young tunesmith and was convinced she had a great future. This month she releases her debut album PORTRAIT with solid management and label support. (She did put out other material in the past which stands strong however this is the REAL debut). And is about to tour with The Noisettes, Rodrigo & Gabriella and Paloma Faith tho she is no stranger to big names over the years. The album is superb - direct yet mystical lyrics sung with immense clarity, integrity, wisdom - beautifully wrought fabulous music belying African, indie, individual traits - a delight!So proud of/for her. www.josphineoniyama.com , 1st Broadcast on www.resonancefm.com 21/10/12

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