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Born in Berkeley, CA, Ifamodupe (her name meaning "God, I am grateful." in Yoruba) has been musical much of her life. She started at age 8, with violin. Then she moved to piano, flute and upright bass. Her mother, also a singer, and father, a clarinet player performed in local clubs and churches, was an early inspiration.
She began her career with Sacramento’s first Spoken Word Slam Team then being a part of the poets group Supercaliflowlinguistics. Then artist later formed her own band, Modupe, whose sound mixed classic soul and hard-hitting funk with jazzy overtones. She eventually released two eps: 2001's One Blak Gurl and 2006’s ep1.love. Both became underground sensations and led to opening dates for the likes of Floetry, Ledisi, and the Last Poets.
Her theatre projects include the Joe Turner’s Come and Gone with the Sacramento Theatre Company, Hallelujah City, a gospel Musical (Magic Circle Theatre), The Dream Goes On, Martin Luther King Theatre Project and In the Mississippi Delta at Celebration Arts for which she received an Elly nomination.
As a writer she has self-published four collections of her poetry including the latest, “How Do I Love Thee?” released with the companion cd, ep2.love.hard of music and spoken word performances.
“I said on my next project that I was going to be off the chain vocally and honest enough to talk about the hard stuff that people don't like to talk about. I've always done that in my poetry and music. And on this cd, I went for it.” Ifamodupe took off in a different direction. Deciding to push herself even further, she reached out to Russell Brown as a collaborator. "Usually, I just come in, with the melody and chords in my head like do this, just like this." Ifamodupe says. "This time, I stayed open and let the songs unfold. At first, I felt crazy," she says, "But I made myself trust the process and the stretch made the music stronger.”
Ifamodupe infuses the textures of the different sounds she experienced while growing up in Oakland, Calif. Rock, blues, classic soul, funk and hip-hop are all braided together with spoken word. Throughout ep2.love.hard she merges the old with the new.
Ifamodupe says of her work, “I realized that I'm always going to be evolving and changing as a person and as an artist. However, I will always be a stand for unconditional acceptance, love, and freedom. This truth of me emanates from my work and my life.”