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Wednesday, April 19, 2023  ·  8:00 PM CDT

Part of the World Music Women's Concert Series

Ugochi & The African Soul Ensemble

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

Ugochi Nwaogwugwu is a multidisciplinary creative. She weaves in and out of the roles of professional poet, singer, songwriter, composer, internationally renowned musician, poetry instructor, teaching artist and founder of Spirit Speaks, Inc, seamlessly. Ugochi has executive produced, written and co-arranged three album projects; African Buttafly, A.S.E. and Love Shot. Her poems have been published in “Storm Between Two Fingers” & “Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different,” both international anthologies released in the UK. Her poems are also featured in “Golden Shovel Anthology,” and “Wherever I'm At,” released nationally in the United States.

Ugochi has created an original pan African poetry form called "Ike" paying homage to her Igbo culture of Nigeria, West Africa. She has also written newsworthy blogs and essays including, “Not My President,” published by Third World Press. Ugochi has shared the stage with several established artists such as Common, Eric Benet, John Legend, Femi Kuti, Edwin McCain, Seun Kuti, Maxi Priest, Umphrey's McGee, Richie Stephens, Blitz the Ambassador, Yellowman, J. Ivy, Queen Ifrika, Luciano, Wayna, Femi Kuti, Shaggy, Richie Stephens, Queen Ifrika, Vieux Farka Toure, Tony Allen, Bushman, Fatoumata Diawara, Capleton, Baby Cham, Wayne Wonder and Stephen Marley, King Sunny Ade, Lizz Wright, Me'Schell Ndegeocello and more.

Ugochi's music, rich with poetic harmonies and uplifting ideas, have taken her to many countries around the world, including Paris, Amsterdam, London, Leeds, Italy as well as Nigeria, Ghana, Brazil, France, Jamaica and Cuba. Ugochi and her band, African Soul Ensemble (A.S.E.), were named “Best African Entertainer 2022,” by the Chicago Music Awards. Ugochi is also a playwright, activist, racial healing practitioner, AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) executive member and a Governor of the Recording Academy/Grammys Chicago Chapter.