Listen out for Iyeoka’s latest single, “the Yellow Brick Road song” on the 3rd episode of the new HBO comedy series “How To Make It In America”!
Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo is a Nigerian-American soul-singer songwriter and the 2nd place Champion of the 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam. Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a full time Poet and Recording Artist. Her self-titled debut full-length album with Underground Sun Records is scheduled for a release date in September 2010.
As the founder and lead singer of the music group The Rock by Funk Tribe, Iyeoka is at the forefront of creating a new artistic genre that gracefully interweaves spoken word poetry with jazz, blues, gospel and electronic soul. Iyeoka & the Rock by Funk Tribe have been chosen as the supporting act for such touring artists as FEMI KUTI and ZAP MAMA at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston and SLICK RICK at Harper’s Ferry.
Among Iyeoka’s individual lists of credits include a recipient of the 2008 National Performance Network/NCCC Residency Award, performing at the Kennedy Center for an award event honoring activist and actress Mia Farrow, being commissioned by Discovery Channel for their 2008 brand campaign, being commissioned by a top-twenty ad agency to write a piece for a diversity training tool, receiving a Massachusetts Industry Committee Hip-Hop Award for Spoken Word Artist of the year, and a New England Urban Music Award for the Best Female Spoken Word Poet. She holds the distinction of being the only member of the nationally competing Boston Lizard Lounge Slam team to have earned her position nine years in a row.
In 2008, Iyeoka’s vocal talents on a cover of U2’s 1988 hit song “Desire” was showcased on a compilation of U2 covers Produced by Shawn Amos and Paul Heck, In The Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2.