Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC

by Lorens Chuno

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Since 2008, Lorens Chuno has played live sets that have been praised as “energy-filled”, “captivating”, and “educative”. Over this period, the New York based Nigerian born musician has created a unique sound that can be broadly classified as West-African Jazz fusion. His warm and dynamic vocal style, along with his bold compositions, helps define this sound.

All the aforementioned qualities can be fully experienced in his new album, Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC. The songs are characterised by infections melodies, strong rhythms, and a rejuvenating energy that permeates. The singer describes the album as a collection of melodies and lyrics that address contemporary issues from the perspective of a new generation African. Having lived in the US since his late teenage years in the early 2000’s, and having travelled the world between then and now, Lorens Chuno is placed in the perfect position to address such issues.

The album consists of 10 original songs, which are all composed, written, arranged, and produced by Lorens Chuno. Lyrically the songs directly take on issues that are not necessarily related to one another, but come together to form a cohesive body of work. “Come My Way” and “Do Not Call” for instance, address the often tacit negotiations that come with building a relationship and the difficulties of letting go, while the Igbo lyric of “Nuru Onum” calls for dialogue, wisdom, and understanding within a community. “Changing” talks about the intricacies and inevitability of globalization, and “Mr Sabi” pokes fun at how westerners, even when they have good intentions, do not care to understand Africa. “Wait” directly and fearlessly tackles the issues of police brutality and the deep-seated racism in America.

Although it is the product of a solid jazz foundation, the album makes an uncontrived effort to incorporate every element of Lorens Chuno’s musical background, including Soukous, as can be in heard in “Today”, Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat as can be heard in “Mr Sabi”, and traditional Igbo ¾ rhythms as can be head in “Nwayo” and “Nuru Onum”. The singer’s jazz background becomes very apparent in “Easy Busy” which features a temporal alternation between Bossa and Swing, and “Changing”, a song whose saxophone solo cruises smoothly on the circle of 4th’s for 16 bars, starting on an A flat major chord and ending on an F-major chord.

The album features well commended up and coming jazz talents including bassist John Gray and drummer Michael Vitali. The album also features award winning guitarist Albino Mbie, whom Lionel Loueke has praised as a guitarist that "needs to be heard by the whole world!”, and saxophonist Michael Easton, a well respected protege and collaborator of David Liebman’s.

A talented vocalist, pianist, percussionist, and dancer, Lorens Chuno has played several concerts, many a time, sharing stages with international acts like the Chicago Afrobeat Projects, and the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Lorens Chuno has worked with some legendary jazz musicians including drummers Poogie Bell and Roger Humphries, and pianists Howie Alexander and Marc Cary. Lorens Chuno has also garnered a few international recognitions including appearance on the Nigerian Television Authority “Celebrity Corner” program and the African Independent Television (AIT) “Artist’s Notebook”.

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released August 8, 2016

Track Listing
1. Come My Way
2. Nuru Onum
3. Today
4. Changing
5. Nwayo
6. Mr. Sabi
7. Do Not Call
8. Easy Busy
9. Unu Etete Go
10. Wait!

Music, lyrics, arrangements, and production by Lorens Chuno

Musician and Personnel:
Lorens Chuno - Vocal, Piano, Percussions, Background Vocal,
John Gray - Bass
Michael Vitali - Drums
Michael Eaton - Tenor Saxophone
Albino Mbie - Guitar
Derek Neivergelt - Studio Engineering

Publicity, Radio, & Media Inquiries:
Scott Thompson PR
www.scottthompsonpr.com
scott@scottthompsonpr.com
203-400-1818

Booking and General Inquiries:
info@lorenschuno.com
www.lorenschuno.com

Release Yr: 2016

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Track Name: Today
Sometimes life will get tough
And somethings will hardly change
Somethings you'll just manage
Don't waste your time asking why
Think of yourself flying high

parapa m pe parapa m pe yo
parapa m pe parapa m pe yo


Smile away the storm clouds
Laugh away any bad views
Don't make room for the blues
Count your blessings oh my friend
Say them out loud never to end



Today is your day
A day to slay
Today is you day
In every way
Today is your day
For a happy song
Today is your day
So sing along

parapa m pe parapa m pe yo
parapa m pe parapa m pe yo


Smile away the storm clouds
Laugh away any bad views
Don't make room for the blues
Count your blessings oh my friend
Say them out loud never to end


Today is your day
A day to slay
Today is you day
In every way
Today is your day
For a happy song
Today is your day
So sing along

PERCUSSION BREAK


Today is your day
A day to slay
Today is you day
In every way
Today is your day
For a happy song
Today is your day
So sing along
Track Name: Do Not Call
LYRIC:
For a while you’ve been a stranger
To the love you and I once knew
But now I’m feeling weaker
to the things you do

I lost a priced possession
Along came a dread for passion
I’ve got to void myself of the cliche
the things people will say

Now I realize love comes, love goes
Deep in thought, so here I go

You can want me
think about me
talk about me, but
please do not call

For the way you left me
We must admit it wasn’t cool
But, not seeing you for a few year
made you my sweetest taboo

You can want me
think about me
talk about me, but
please do not call (Repeat)

We used to have something so special
We left to die, it wasn't so special
Now you want it back, but baby i don’t think so

I’ll be swimming in deception
to claim I won’t acknowledge the attention
But I’ve got to heed to the fruition
of my intuition

Now I realize love comes, love goes
Deep in thought, so here I go

We had, sweet love, but we’ve got to let go X 4

You can want me
think about me
talk about me, but
please do not call
Track Name: Wait!
Lyric: Wait!

Sworn to serve and protect
yet some kill and molest
Human rights, they neglect
Making many cry and protest

Empathy, they lack
when a dying man is black
A terrible specter of Jim crow
ugly echoes of the past

With my arms in the air
They're ready to shoot
They claim fear for their life
why should their fear take my life

So wait
Wait wait !
Don’t shoot me !

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Their grand jury facade
Salt to injury, they add
Their massive failures to indict
will more and more chaos incite

So wait
Wait wait !
Don’t shoot me !
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Compassion, they lack
when a grieving mother is black
A deadly syndrome of the land
ugly echoes of the past

With my arms in the air
They're ready to shoot
They claim fear for their life
why should their fear take my life

So wait
Wait wait !
Don’t shoot me !