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Published on March 19th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor


Edoheart Shares “Rogie (Oh No)” Abstract Visualizer + Announces Instagram Live Performance

Nigerian-born poet and African princess Edoheart has shared an abstract visualizer for “Rogie (Oh No).”  The song will appear on her upcoming EP For The Love, which is set to be released April 10 digitally and on vinyl via Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp.

Prior to the EP release, Edoheart will go live on Instagram Live, Thursday, April 9 to perform new songs and poetic spoken word with a Q&A including an avant-garde Japaense dance form called butoh – Follow and tune in here! She’s the first African performer of the dance form that came about during the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

For The Love EP opens with “Rogie (Oh No),” which Edo wrote in response to her experiences with miscarriage and an unrequited love. “This feeling / enchanted / and it’s madness how much I adore you,” she sings. “’Rogie (Oh No)’ is about a place of unrequited love and resulting madness,” Edoheart said. “The visualizer I have created is a distillation of evocative signs, symbols and sound—an intersensorial prestidigitation. I cracked a vial and colored potion began to swirl around, and in the long shadows of the candlelight I could see the forms of past loves and future lives.”

In addition to “Rogie (Oh No)” the 5-track EP includes the lead single “Seesaw,” which is a fun and bouncy throwback to ‘80s dancehall that dives into heteronormative relationships and cultural norms while celebrating women who are authentic to their own beauty. The song follows “Do Me Do Me,” which discusses unappreciative love and commitment. “Original Sufferhead” reflects on hardship and hopelessness, as well as the self-love required to keep going. The EP ends on a high note with “I Will Be There,” a promise to always stand up and show up for loved ones. “The theme of this EP is love and what we want out of it and what we do for it. Each song explores a different aspect,Edoheart explained. 

In addition to her previous music collaborations with Nick Hook (Run The Jewels, Azealia Banks) and Masterkraft (Wizkid, Flavour N’abania), Edoheart is also an award-winning poet. She has received prestigious awards from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the University of Michigan’s Arthur Miller Award and Hopwood Poetry Awards amongst others.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Edoheart moved to Detroit before settling in Brooklyn, where she is now based. Her captivating story touches upon topics of cultural heritage, inequality, and stereotypes through music and art. Considering herself as one of the few alternative African voices around, she has been trying to radically expand the acknowledgment of African arts and Nigerian culture across several different verticals. She participated in Columbia University’s Global Initiative, which champions social change through arts and Edoheart continues to shine the light in academia at Nigeria’s University of Benin, where she has both created a dance troupe and self-funded The Eseohe Merit Academy. A program that endeavors to expand children’s horizons by introducing art programs, new textbooks, and computers. She has advocated for sustainability and equality through her work with The United Nations Global Compact Foundation.

Also known as Eseohe Arhebamen-Yamasaki, Edoheart is a royal descendant of the Ugu Kingdom of the Benin Empire of Nigeria. Edoheart is the great-granddaughter of the Oba n’Ugu (king of Ugu), who was also an enogie (or duke) of Umoghumwun-Nokhua in the Edo state of Nigeria. As such, Edoheart is a princess of Ugu, a title further conferred on her by her grandmother.

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