Osekre’s Vibe presents:Verse For The Masses & No Turning Back From HereOsekre calls himself, “a lucky bastard” but how luck can one man get over a period of 5 years in New York. His unusual luck, fortitude, hard work and determination in his pursuit of the American dream in spite of the recent financial collapse, his initial lack of contacts and insight into American culture makes him a top candidate for king of the recession prom.
Having watched Eddie Murphy’s “Coming to America” back-to-back for a week as his orientation into the US, Osekre arrived in New York City approximately 4 and half years ago with $30 dollars and change to study as a Sociology major at Columbia University. What Osekre didn’t know upon arrival in the blizzard of January of ’05 was that he didn’t have any financial aid, his scholarship wasn’t going to cover his tuition, he didn’t have housing and the jacket he had on him was best suited for the spring! His new books and EP, are rare insights into the mind and heart of an African student who refused to turn back given the odds stacked against his dream to receive an Ivy League education at a time when dreams were canned and shelved away in the depths of the basements of human ambitions. Osekre just graduated from Columbia after having fund-raised his way through college.
After several years of trying to start a band, he finally succeeded in recording his current EP, “No turning back from here” with former band members. The 9 tracks are a combination of guitar, piano and drums, yielding an acoustic pop with African hooks. Osekre’s lyrics are both refreshing and inspiring. His message is universal and his sense of fraternity proceeds him. His delivery reminds you of a tempo you wanted to hear. The root of Osekre’s music and poetry evokes memories of Osibisa, Lauryn Hill, K’naan and sometimes, Bob Marley. In addition to the EP are two books, “Verses for the Masses 1/2.” Lines like, “There are many fishes in the sea, but not all fishes are edible” are a reflection on his struggle to hold on to long distance relationships despite the difficulty in doing so. “May I Please Speak?” the sub-title of his second book, is a reflection of the inner conflicts and struggles of a young man rooted in African culture but whose wings are finding expression in a western setting.
“Verses for the Masses 1/2″ which consist of poems written over the entire 4 years in college, with the 2nd book written in his final year. Osekre has performed and shared his poetry and music at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell Universities. Some of his other readings include a performances at the Annual Hellen Keller international benefit where we (together with Gov Patterson), raised close to 900 0000 dollars for the organization as it focuses on helping the blind and the visually impaired around the world. He has also competed at the World famous Apollo theater, been featured on the “Wake Up Call” of WBAI, the NPR local station on Wall Street in New York and has competed to the quarter finals phase of the Poetry slam competitions at the Nuyorican poets cafe.
Music – http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/no-turning-back-from-here/id358543713
Book – http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?WRD=osekre
Facebook – www.facebook.com/osekre
Myspace – www.myspace.com/osekremusic
Twitter – www.twitter.com/osekre
Short URL: http://mytngonline.com/?p=351