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Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences in and around the nation’s capital with sold-out performances.

With the launch of her independently produced album, A Peace of Mine, in 2010, the young artist’s music and concerts are creating a significant buzz with critics and music-lovers alike. Said Franz Matzner of All About Jazz, “Akua Allrich’s music flows with a free, natural energy as engaging as her equally ingenuous personality.”

Allrich’s style is fluid and ever evolving. Her musical roots run deeply into blues, soul and rhythm and blues, with a clear grounding in jazz and pan-African music. She sings in many languages including Portuguese, French, Spanish, English, Xhosa, and Twi. Given her ability to capture the essence of a broad range of musical genres, Allrich is often likened to legendary artists such as Oscar Brown, Jr., Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone. She has developed popular tribute programs involving the latter two women and other great African American women of jazz.

Akua Allrich was educated at Howard University, where she obtained her BM in jazz vocals and a master’s degree in social work. She was taught, coached and mentored by talented musicians such as world-renowned singer Kehembe V. Eichelberger, singer/drummer Grady Tate, and pianist Charles Covington.

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”In 2010, Allrich released her debut album, A Peace of Mine, to positive reviews. Her fluid and graceful voice glides over rhythms that draw upon jazz, reggae, African and R&B influences. The buzz from that recording led to her signing with a Japanese record label and a collaboration with the historic Bohemian Caverns …” —Sriram Gopal, DCist.com

“Akua Allrich’s music flows with a free, natural energy as engaging as her equally ingenuous personality… She has developed a compelling musical style fusing jazz, R&B, and African influences… She has grown a loyal local audience and established herself in the increasingly vibrant Washington scene as a performer capable of not only packing the house, but bringing it to its feet.” —Franz A

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Album  Live! Uniquely Standard by Akua Allrich

Live! Uniquely...

Self Produced
2012

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Album Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live! by Akua Allrich

Uniquely Standard,...

Self Produced
2012

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Album A Peace of Mine by Akua Allrich

A Peace of Mine

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