‘THE BLACKEST JOY’ IS THE THIRD STUDIO ALBUM FROM RAPPER/VOCALIST/SONGWRITER/POET AKUA NARU. WORK ON THE ALBUM BEGAN WHILE AKUA WAS TRAVELLING THE AFRICAN CONTINENT AND IS AN IMPASSIONED CALL FOR JOY, AS A POLITICAL MOVEMENT. “…joy is power for people at war…” Featuring collaborations with a vast array of artists and musicians this work of art sees Akua Naru embracing and incorporating cultures, languages and experiences to create her best album, to date. “It was important to invite other people to assist me as I tell my story, I wanted to hear other languages, I had sister friends of mine speaking in languages such as Sesotho and Swahili, and I felt that was very important. As somebody who identifies as pan-African, it’s very important to me to incorporate that in my work.” The father of Ethio-Jazz Mulatu Astatke and Ugandan Eco-artist and vocal powerhouse Sandra Suubi both feature on the album. While 4 x Grammy award nominated Eric Benét is set to feature on the upcoming digital single “Made It”( released 6th April). The exquisite visuals that accompany this project, from the album artwork designed by Nigerian/Canadian artist Oluseye, to the mesmerising music videos for “My Mother’s Daughter” and “Made It” only establish Akua Naru as one of the finest representations of modern black culture.