Shining like the moon...
Singer/songwriter and poet, Offiong Bassey is an exciting artist that draws upon the numerous influences that have touched her life. As the first generation from her Nigerian family born in the U.S., the soul, jazz, and gospel music of America reside within her just as
comfortably as the musical traditions of West Africa.
She brings to them her unique ear for harmonies and phrasing, her ground-shaking, power vocals, and her unmatched versatility to create music that is fresh, inspiring, and just plain fun. Her talent has garnered praise from diverse audiences, including South African youth in Johannesburg, attendees at the U.S. Africa Business Summit in Washington D.C., and music lovers at Boston’s GreenSoul Fest.
Though her sound is one-of-a-kind, Offiong has had many teachers. The first of these was her namesake, her grandmother, who would sing her traditional songs from their Efik tribe, imparting to Offiong the power of music and the richness of her cultural heritage and storytelling tradition. She found further inspiration in other great teachers, artists ranging from Angelique Kidjo and Fela Kuti to Lauryn Hill and Jonathan Butler. At a young age, Offiong began to see her name, "God’s Moon," as a call to be a reflection of her creator’s light, as the moon is to the sun, through story and song.
Her debut album, Offiong Bassey, is a nuanced, eclectic collection of songs that truly represents who she is as an artist. Its genre-bending sounds mix everything from Afro-Peruvian rhythms and funk to R&B and Nigerian Ekombi. The album debuted at #2 on the CMJ New World Music chart its first week in radio promotions and reach #2 on the SoulTracks music chart.