Afi Soul

EP Release "Still Lovely"

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Pro Music Records, Brooklyn NY, Independent Music, Independent Artists, Mack Mama, R&B, Hip-Hop/Rap

Release Date: May 16, 2011

Genre: R&B/Soul/Neo Soul
Label: Afi Soul Recordings / Pro Music Records
UPC: 711574627325
MSRP: $4.99

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Afi Soul
“Afi Soul” Lydia is the critically acclaimed R&B/Soul singer whose 2007 self-distributed album, Lovely, landed the No. 10 spot on the SoulTracks Top 10 CDs list, putting her in a class with Erykah Badu, Angela Johnson, Algebra and Raheem DeVaughn. Many consider her supportive anthem for the ‘brothas’ -- “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” -- Afi’s signature tune. The music video for that single stayed in rotation on BETJ and VH1 Soul for months, and was featured on VH1Soul.com.

Renewed interest in Afi Soul‘s debut offering prompted a 2010 re-release, led by “Sorry (Gotta Go),” a no nonsense hit that asserts a woman’s independence. A music video for Sorry has made its way quickly across the Internet in 2011, and Afi is in the studio again, completing a brand new CD project.

Critics agreed that Lovely was a great debut album and praised Afi’s vocal and songwriting talents:

This new Washington, DC female singer is going to please the Organic Soulsters and many more as well. Vocally she sounds similar to N’Dambi in places and Jill Scott in others.
-Soul Brothers Records, London

Lovely defines the spirit of this very talented singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and creative director. Afi's passion for music invites the listener to a fun-filled experience, which places her in direct competition with a select group of neo-soul sirens like Angie Stone and India.Arie. Lovely displays a versatile singing style absent from many contemporary neo-soul projects. Afi brings a different kind of energy to each song she sings. She finds the pocket of the rhythm and sticks to it.
-Akim Bryant, SoulTracks.com

Lovelyis being independently distributed in stores and online throughout the U.S. and abroad. International listeners from Australia, to Japan, to the UK and Cote d’Ivoire have purchased Lovelythrough iTunes, Rhapsody (Verizon), Ruckus, Cdbaby.com, Amazon.com and Napster.

Afi has also performed at numerous live music venues on DC’s famed “U” Street over the past ten years, including a lengthy stint as a headliner at Cada Vez Nightclub. She was nominated for a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Association Award) under the Best Contemporary Artist category in 2004. Afi has received several local awards in the D.C. arts community including the DMV Music & Entertainment Award for Most Likely to Succeed in 2006 and a nomination for the Best Female Artist in 2007. Fans began to refer to her as “Afi Soul” and the nickname has lasted!

The inspiration behind Afi’s songs is her life experiences as a young Black woman living in today’s world. She grew up in Washington, DC when it was simultaneously the nation’s capital, and defamed as “the murder capital” and seat of a major drug epidemic, yet also home of a thriving music and arts scene infused with Soul/R&B, African, Caribbean, southern gospel and jazz influences. Afi has been performing since childhood. She is a single mother of three beautiful daughters and a son -- twins Serwah and Soyini, Makeda and Kwame Kalonji. Afi has continued to persevere, to record beautiful, honest music, and to perform domestically and abroad to fulfill her destiny as an artist of global renown.


Afi’s performance highlights include

Harlem Renaissance Festival  Prince George’s County MD 2012
Hollywood Studios  Los Angeles  2012
Live at the Queen Wilmington, Delaware 2011
Various Venues Trinidad and Tobago  2011     
Blue Print Tuesdays (hosted)  DC 2010
Carter Barron Amphitheatre  DC 2010
Ben’s Next Door DC 2010
Soul Sista’s Juke Joint Atlanta 2010
Black Family Reunion DC 2009
International Soul Music Summit Artist Showcase  Atlanta 2009
Artmosphere DC 2007 - 2009
Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo  Baltimore 2006 - 2010
D.C. Hip Hop Soul Festival DC 2008 (930 Club)
Speak to Me performance series      Philadelphia 2008 (Philadelphia Clef Club)
Various venues   Cote d’Ivoire 2008
Happily Natural Day Festival       Richmond 2008
Art Speaks Life benefit, Opened for Common DC 2007(Mirrors Nightclub)
Can A Sista Rock A Mic Festiva DC 2005 - 2008 (Zanzibar, 18th Street Lounge etc/)
Seagram’s Gin Tour 2005 featuring Raheem DeVaughn  and Lil’ Mo   DC (930 Club), Philly (The Troc) Baltimore, NYC (BB King’s)          
and Lil’ Mo





For booking information or media inquiries please contact Afigotsoulmusic.com
Nik McCoy  202-681-9365 1eclecticheart@gmail.com

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