She by Charity Ekeke Is Woke
There are records - and then there are important records. She by Charity Ekeke falls into the latter category of recordings. With what she's observed using her eyes and ears about the world around her she sets it all to music then shares these observations within her songs. And like the world that surrounds us what is often seen and heard is not pretty, beautiful nor devoid of hurt and pain. Like a multifaceted gem some of its faces are cut so as opposed to light entering and reflecting outwards - instead the darkness is held inside. Quite a few of the songs on She do indeed dwell in this metaphorical darkness.
Charity Ekeke was born and raised in the African nation of Nigeria. As a child she sang in the local choir and thus began her love of music. Possessing quite a vivid imagination she'd lie on the floor while listening to records play on her parent's phonograph and try to see inside the apparatus as the music played because she wanted to see how someone was able to squeeze all those tiny people playing musical instrument inside the turntable. Doing this, Charity also learned the songs she listed to and spent her free time singing them.
Like all children she had dreams. Her dreams were not just to make music, but to build a career making music. Now as a young lady Ms. Ekeke moved to the Unites States of America to pursue her artistic plans. Yet, as for many of us, life had other plans. Marriage, raising children, family obligations and events beyond her control forced her to move creative passions to the back burner of life for nearly two decades. Still, she never really gave up on her dreams and knew that once the time was right she'd be able to engage in them again.
Once her kids were raised and out in the world on their own she was able to rediscover everything about music which she loved and related most readily to the aesthetics embraced in the underground alternative rock style of music, albeit with a welcomed world music accent. Along with her personal struggles and inspired by domestic and foreign current events she resumed composing music again. The subjects she focused on ranged from role stereotyping to teen moms to the plight of refuges to the lives of prostitutes trying to put food on the table for their families even to the choice of birth control and family planning. With eleven songs written and recorded She was born.
This aforementioned subject matter is most prominent on She with tracks like If The Roles Were Reversed (and of which Ekeke produced an intriguing, yet disturbing, music video), Don't Call Them, Bloodline, These Times, or She Bears. If you're not afraid to have your level of social consciousness elevated, or perhaps to even seeing your own face reflected and staring back at you in the mirror held up in Charity Ekeke's songs, then She should be on your listening play list. Because if you ain't woke already then isn't it about time you were?