Eme and Heteru
When it comes to live music, Eme and Heteru have earned a well-deserved reputation as compelling, quality musicians and captivating performers. The band's music effortlessly joins the dots between the celebrated heritages of Nigeria's Afrobeat, Reggae music and DC's Hip-Jazz sounds respectively.
Eme and Heteru is a ten piece band comprised of talented musicians of diverse ethnicity. So deep is the talent that during performances, members pick up instruments other than what they usually play, to harmonize the exuberance of the music. Nothing can prepare your mind for the rush of sweet brass, clean breaks, persuasive vocals, sneaky Afro-beat grooves and confident call and response sessions, and the theatrical delivery this enchanting ensemble brings to the stage.
2013 has been a breakthrough year for the band which has seen significant growth and development as cultural ambassadors under the watchful eye of founder/composer, Eme Awa.
Performing recently at DC Mayor's Heritage Celebration, Eme and Heteru did what they do best- delight the crowd with exuberant music, colorful presentations and cultural diversity. After another recent performance, a tribute to late Author and Activist, Chinua Achebe's, which was held at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington DC, the band's performance was described as “electrifying”, by Huffingtonpost.com and Saharanews.com.
Eme & Heteru has 3 times headlined the popular bi-annual arts extravaganza, “ The Africa Underground” showcased by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.
The band is no stranger to the international stage. Having featured with talent such as Kiara Arby, Haile Roots, Chuck Fender and Sister Carole to mention a few.
It clear that the future is bright for the band. Recently selected as Atlas Performers by the Atlas Museum of Performing Arts in Washington DC, Eme and Heteru's expansion into theater presentations seems a natural direction for this powerhouse of musical expression. The band continues to create exotic material with the intention of completing a series of recordings that will include their experiences as Child Activists in the unfortunate events that took place in the Nigerian Senate regarding under age marriage. Read about these events and sign the petition here; http://www.change.org/petitions/united-nations-stop-the-nigerian-senate-from-making-under-age-marriage-the-law.
Follow Eme and Heteru on their website here: www.EmeHeteru.com