From Nigeria to New Orleans: Singer/Songwriter Tangban “Blesses” The Global Music Scene
When Blessing Tangban stepped off the airplane from Apkarabong, Nigeria she was thrust into the unfamiliar world of crawfish, Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras known as New Orleans, La. Though excited about the opportunity to begin her university studies at the tender age of 16, she admits it was overwhelmingly challenging trying to assimilate into a new country and culture with no friends or family nearby to lean on for support. Over time she conquered her fears and before long living in the city known as “the Big Easy” got, well, easier. Six years and two criminal justice degrees later, the New Orleans-based acoustic singer/songwriter effortlessly brings that same courage, tenacity and fearless determination to her music.
Think Dido meets The Cranberries if you’re old school or Corrine Bailey Rae meets India.Arie if you identify more closely with new school singers. Although those artists, along with John Mayer, Asa, and Tuface Idibia, serve as undeniable inspiration, Tangban’s simple yet sophisticated sound makes her a standout all on her own and a regular fixture on the world indie music scene – from Hard Rock Café New Orleans to the The Howlin' Wolf New Orleans bar and the freedom hall project in Nigeria. She’s also shared her musical gift at performances in New York and Arizona. As one reviewer so eloquently said of Tangban: her music “harkens back to the sheer quality and depth of the singer songwriters of the late 1960s early 70s.” She has” plenty to say, plus the talent and technique to express herself perfectly,” he continued.
Her melodic and soothing voice serenades in her debut EP “Nowhere Girl,” a collection of poetic paeans of heartbreak, self-discovery and personal liberation (available on iTunes). Singles “Pennsylvania,” “Nowhere Girl’’ and “fly on your wall” eloquently showcase her potential to become one of the greatest folk artists of her generation. A self-described explorer by nature, her passion for travel and exploration shines through in her universal sound, which she insists has been shaped and influenced by her many journeys nationwide – from Nigeria, to New Orleans, to New York and Tennessee to Florida (and plenty of other exciting places in between).
Tangban developed her style and beefed up her performing chops while growing up as one of 20 children (six biological and 14 others integrated into the family over time) living under one roof in her childhood home. In signature Jackson 5 style, her parents— especially her father, who was once a drummer in with the late acclaimed artist Prince Nico known for the song ‘sweet mother’—led the family in “morning devotion” – a lively and spirited mix of singing and dancing. It seems that she channeled those childhood days while performing as an undergrad at a SUNO talent show. She didn’t win the showcase, but she did catch the attention of the local host of a weekly artist showcase who took her under his wing and kick-started her performing locally.
Now in the process of promoting the lead single “Pennsylvania” from her Debut EP “Nowhere Girl”, when she’s not Touring and promoting, she’s busy performing in hopes of further honing her musical craft. As is evident in her work and self-described “open minded” personality, she says she remains “open” to whatever path her life and musical gift leads her to. In that regard, “Nowhere Girl” is not likely to be her destination. Adds Tangban: “I’m going to keep making music; that’s not going to stop no matter what.”
To learn more about Blessing Tangban and to purchase her music visit, http://www.reverbnation.com/blessingtangban.