MI2N
Music Industry News Network
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23RD
Advanced Search
MusicDish Advertising Network
Subscribe to Mi2N's Free Newsletters B2N (business) i2N (indie)
HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Band News (more headlines) 01-17-2014

Ben Okafor

Bookmark and Share
Website: http://www.benokafor.com/
Ben Okafor is a unique musician who makes roots reggae music and bridges an artistic gap between Jamaican reggae, Afro-pop and UK folk. He has shared a stage with popular music giants like Cliff Richard, Van Morrison and Billy Bragg and has been touring and making new music since 1985.

Perhaps the most pertinent thing about Ben’s music is his political focus and drive for social change. He was born in Enugu in eastern Nigeria with 7 siblings and his early life was defined by the Biafran civil war which erupted when he was 12. He enlisted in the Biafran military intelligence arm known as ‘the Boys Company’ without telling his parents, but luckily missed his mission rendezvous which failed with horrendous consequences. Nevertheless Ben witnessed the fighting, terror and violence first hand and has experienced being in the line of fire.

This fraught background coloured some of his musical experiences in writing and in performance. Indeed, his music has such power in his native Nigeria that he has even been threatened not to play “Raise your Conscience” by a Nigerian military general and has had tanks at one of his gigs in Apartheid South Africa.

His music carries messages relating to these experiences and each one tells a fascinating story. It is for this reason that his music has received praise from the likes of Chris Rea, Bono and BBC Radio 2 DJ Simon Mayo and he has played at Glastonbury Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival and the World Music Festival in Copenhagen.

Due to his political background Ben has also had the privilege to play at high profile events to influential world leaders such as Archbishop Rowan Williams and Gordon Brown at the Lambeth Conference in 2008, at the ‘Make Poverty History’ Gleneagles Summit and at a Commonwealth leader’s summit with HM the Queen and Prince Philip.

He is therefore used to gaining a great deal of attention through his music, he sees his art and art in general as a way of influencing people to do good in the world. He currently runs a charity called ‘Amaka Beautiful Child’ (ABC) which is itself committed to ‘social and personal transformation through the arts’. It aims to use poetry, music, art, drama and dance (all interests of Ben’s) for the sake of social cohesion in order to bring communities together. Ben has been busy working on a number of projects such as the empowerment of young refugees, a campaign to make primary education free for all children globally (UN development goal for 2015), and the creation of a physical space for sociological artistic expression in his home town of Great Malvern.

Ben’s range of life experiences has provided him with some rich insight into the world around him. His albums like ‘Thing with War’ (2003) and ‘Child of Biafra’ (2007) investigate some of the effects of war and express Ben’s own experiences of conflict and violence. Whereas some of his other records such as ‘Nkiru’ (1989) and his most recent album, ‘Diverted Traffic’ (2009) delve more broadly into the human condition, self-identity, and the potential conflicts between artistic expression and a market centred music industry.

In early 2010, Ben’s youngest child was born which naturally took priority and caused him to take some time out from the industry. This didn’t stop him from continuing to write new music that will be recorded later this year for his new album.

Overall, there is no doubt that Ben Okafor is a fascinating musical talent with a rich personal history. Together these two facets of talent and wisdom make for quite a special listen.


http://www.benokafor.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ben-Okafor/140357829311212?ref=sgm
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnzejsHMNnkLrL7kP2lRuXg?feature=watch

Bookmark and Share

back | top



MusicDish Advertising Network

Mi2N Music PR

Denon Partners With Waves To Include MaxxAudio In Their Next-Generation Speakers And Audio Systems

James Hand Releases New Country-Gospel Album Stormclouds In Heaven

Suburban Mom Indie Musicians Plot To Walk The Red Carpet At GRAMMY® And HMMA Music Awards

Invitation From Within: Ann Licater's Music & Vision Offers A Pathway To Peace

The EGH Project Launches First Album "Life Song" On New House And Lounge Music Label

CEntrance Announces 'i5' An Audiophile Case For iPhone

Malaysian Artist, Tan, Breaks Into The US Music Scene With Debut EP

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS PUT OUT AN AMAZING INDIE SELF-TITLED DEBUT LP



MusicDish*China Song Blast
Promote Your Music Single In China

News Headlines
Mi2N EDITOR'S PICKS
» CISAC Takes Digital Royalties Issue To The UN
» Audio-Technica Microphones Provide The Right Solution For Fusion Act Snarky Puppy’s Unique Recording Method
» ASCC Artist Signs Deal With Nashville Record Label
» Online Rap Sensation, K-Slick, Releases New Video
» Statement On Turtles Victory: All Digital Radio Must Pay For Pre-1972 Recordings
» Jim Mahoney Becomes General Manager Of Merlin In USA
» Torrpedo Launches AWARE BitTorrent Campaign In Support Of Chinese Rockers' #UselessRockUSA Tour
» PhantomFocus™ System Stuns At PotLuck Audio Conference (PotLuckCon)
» Rachael Sage's Blue Roses Out On Nov. 4, Key US & UK Tour Dates Added
» HOBART OCEAN Stays Connected With Their Fan Base Via New IPhone And Google Play Apps


Get your music news covered...
Have your press release written
by the pros at Mi2N

Articles
MUSICDISH E-JOURNAL
» Show Your Red&Green And Support China's Second Hand Rose #UselessRockUSA Tour
» Provocative Beijing Rockers Second Hand Rose To Play NYC, DC, Philly, Boston
» BROBST Electro-Rock Leads MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart
» Second Hand Rose To Play NYC, DC, Philly, Boston
» Love And Peace 2014 Outdoor Camping Music Festival
» MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart (Vol. 1, No. 4)
» The Courtesans Drives MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart
» FM Pilots Skyrockets To Top Of MusicDish*China Indie Song Chart
» MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart 07/19-07/25/2014
» Zebra Music Festival (Shanghai) Ticket Giveaway Winners
» MusicDish*China Top 5 Indie Song Chart 07/12-07/18/2014
» Temple Bar 3 Year Anniversary

Mi2N's Music PR distribution service guarantees online exposure for your press release. Choose from seven (7) different packages.


HOME | FREE NEWS SUBMISSION | PREMIUM PR DISTRIBUTION | PR COPYWRITING | RSS FEEDS | TESTIMONIALS | CONTACT

Sections: Band | Business | Career | Events | Label | Music Releases | Radio | Tech | Video | Web Events
Genres: Country/Folk | Dance/Electronica | Jazz/Blues | Latin | Rock | Urban | World
International: Asia | Canada | Europe

Advertise | Artist Development | Submit Video | MusicDish*China | MusicDish e-Journal | MusicDish Network | Urban Music News Network
Copyright © 1997-2014 MusicDish LLC, all rights reserved. Text, graphics, and HTML code are protected by US and International Copyright Laws, and may not be copied, reprinted, published, translated, hosted, or otherwise distributed by any means without explicit permission.