NNAMDI OGBONNAYA is a multi-instrumentalist composer, producer, and performer. His musical identity was forged in the DIY community of Chicago. Relentless participation in numerous musical projects bridged genres and created inroads between scenes. Near constant activity quickly made him a locus of gravity in the community. Constant participation quickly opened channels to a broad cross-section of the arts world. Nnamdi has toured the USA, Mexico Europe and Canada with projects ranging from punk to jazz. A full accounting of his musical activity over the last eight years includes approximately 15 bands and dozens of tours. All the while, Nnamdi has not only released a stream of records and EPs under his name and the ironic moniker “Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project”, but also runs his own label called SOOPER Records.
His solo styling combines hip-hop, experimental rock, gospel, and jazz. His songs can often contain a sense of satire that is just as humorous as it is critical. Nnamdi’s lyrical insights draw on the diversity of his cultural experience as a Black, Jewish, first generation Nigerian-American. His work is characterized by the coupling of sophisticated compositional structures with pop-music motifs. Nnamdi’s latest record DROOL is his most mature and accessible work to date.
The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Sen Morimoto traffics in a blend of jazz and hip-hop, anchored by his chatty rapping style and nimble saxophone playing.
In the beginning, Kwasi Stampley (K-STAMP), was unsure how to begin building a presence in the music scene, but after becoming close with artists such as Webster X, Grace Weber, and others, K-STAMP was given a platform at 88nine to begin his journey. Since then, he has been building his audience, doing live shows, releasing new music, traveling, honing his craft, etc. Recently, K-STAMP'S show at Anodyne's was reviewed by the Shepherd Express. They stated that ''Like many of the most memorable players in Milwaukee’s jazz scene, guitarist Kwasi Stampley (K-Stamp) looks outside of traditional genre influences," claiming that he has "a soulful set that plays like an inspired cross between John McLaughlin, Digable Planets, and Swae Lee" (Shepherd Express). Although young and new to the music scene, K-STAMP'S unique style and sound, has earned him respect within music.