Ukamusic is a new century world music collective started by Naomi Louise Warne & featuring Grammy winner Charles Neville. It's spontaneous & ever changing – from the band members style of music, to its artwork & fashion.
The original band U-ka (meaning "brightness") was created by Australian singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Naomi Louise Warne in 1993 when she lived in New Orleans.The inspiration of this city & her collaboration with the great jazz saxophonist Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) produced some fabulous "live" performances, including the New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival, and the Live at Snug Harbor CD which was an official entry in the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Their latest collaboration is an offering that pays tribute to the genius of Johnny Mandel, featuring original arrangements & reworking of some of the most popular songs of the 20th Century including The Shadow of Your Smile, Emily, Where Do You Start, and the Theme from M*A*S*H.
Naomi didn’t just study the music - she got to the insides of everything. She probably thought a lot like I did - like why did certain things sound a certain way? And what made them sound that way? It’s very earnest work...to get to the inside of that kind of music...It’s a hard way to express it, but this lady did it. There’s a great deal of depth in what you do, and I respect that a lot.”