Born with an unusual name eclipsed only by her talent, Yewande (ye-wan-day) has been recognized as one of the most sought after independent artists in the world. Her genre-bending songs speak unapologetic truths about issues that many artists shy away from - poverty, war, race. Her powerhouse vocals hearken to the days of Tina Turner and Pat Benatar. With the angst of Rock, a dash of Hip-Hop and a whole lot of Soul, Yewande's second forthcoming album "Better" is like a carefully scored soundtrack that will leave you wanting more.
Listeners may wonder what inspires this artist, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador who devotes much of her time to lecturing (www.globalinstituteforchange.com) and empowering vulnerable youth through her humanitarian organization (www.changerocksfoundation.com). Is it faith, ambition, the music? Perhaps its simply her Yoruba birth name (which means "reincarmation of mother") that foretold this story long before her journey began.
ALHERI MEANS GRACE (January 2018)
This fall, Yewande returned from her third initiative to Nigeria. For the past 6 months, Boko Haram refugee mothers have participated in her "Art of Change" social entrepreneurship class online. Graduates were awarded funding to launch Alheri Feminine Hygiene Products. They will also be future residents of Alheri Village - a resettlement community conceptualized by Austin that will provide 200 refugees with housing, job training and rehabilitation services in Abuja, Nigeria.
All of this work will be captured in her human trafficking documentary "Amazing Grace: Freedom's Song". This film will lift the veil on a horrific industry that generates over $99 billion annually. It will further capture her work with trafficking victims and Boko Haram conflict refugees across America and Nigeria. Visit www.changerocksfoundation.com to learn more about Yewande's humanitarian work around the world.
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"ONE MORE TIME" (from Yewande's forthcoming album "Amazing")