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Unoma Okudo and Iona Fyfe

Unoma Okudo and Iona Fyfe

Aberdeen International Youth Festival presents an exclusive double bill of the finest young talent. Join Iona Fyfe and Unoma Okudo at the Blue Lamp, on Thursday 4th August.

Soulful singer-songwriter Unoma Okudo is distinguished by her unique voice, and captivating melodies and lyrics. Born in Nigeria, where she was introduced to music by her parents, her career really began after she moved to Glasgow. Here, she began to write songs and to discover her own voice as an artist. She also provided backing vocals to other artists and continued singing at church, as she had done since childhood.

Unoma has also performed as the opening act for established and well-known artists including Grammy award winner Macy Gray and soul legend Alexander O’Neal. In 2014, she provided backing vocals to music icons Donnie Maclean, Kylie Minogue, among others, for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In January 2016, Unoma released her first single “Satisfied”, a jazz and soul-infused love song. The song was picked up by BBC Radio Scotland and was made the “Single of the Week” on the popular Janice Forsyth Show. Her hotly anticipated first EP, “Odyssey” is now out on digital release.

Iona Fyfe is from Huntly in Aberdeenshire, and combines modern contemporary folk music with Scotland’s haunting traditional ballads and lively songs – accompanied with piano. A Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015 Semi-Finalist, she has performed extensively across Scotland at festivals including Celtic Connections, the Perthshire Amber Festival and Dundee Celt Fest. Iona currently studies Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

Growing up in Aberdeenshire and being surrounded by a wealth of musical and historical culture, Iona began performing Doric recitation and ballad singing at the age of five. Since then she has competed and performed at a range of festivals such as the Traditional Music and Song Association Festivals in Aberdeen, Kirriemuir and Keith.

Her knowledge about song backgrounds provides an interesting, enthralling set list which delves into Scotland’s folklore, stories and history. Iona’s first EP ‘The First Sangs’ was released in March 2015.