Sunday, January 23, 2011



I just stumbled on this beautiful song by Iyeoka (pronounced: ee-yo-kah), a Nigerian-American songwriter/poet who channels the soul of Nina Simone and the spirit of Tracy Chapman. The song is called "Say Yes" of her new album of the same name. And only two months since its release, another one of her songs, "The Yellow Brick Road," has become the official theme song for USA Network's show "Fairly Legal." It has also been featured on HBO's "How To Make It In America" which is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.

Daughter of Nigerian born parents Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a poet, performer, songwriter and activist. Iyeoka’s work as an artist and an activist has garnered her praises and accolades from all over the world. In 2009 Iyeoka placed 2nd at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship and was a 2010 TED Global Fellow. She has toured in support of artists such as Femi Kuti, Zap Mama, Soulive, was featured on the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and has performed nationally at the TBS Trumpet Awards, the Sullivan Honors Awards at the Kennedy Center and Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO.

Iyeoka's single, "Say Yes."