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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Africa's Opera Divas, Chinwe Enu & Abiodun Koya


Two beautiful African women are traveling the road less traveled by most African musicians. Meet Chinwe Enu and Abiodun Koya.

Chinwe Enu is an attorney and classical singer. A native of Nigeria, Enu began pursuing her passion for music when she migrated to the States at fifteen. She attended Phillips Exeter Academy and was a participant in the reputable Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal program. Enu subsequently received her Bachelor's of Art from Vassar College, where she won the Vassar College Orchestra Concerto competition. She continued her musical studies at the prestigious Oberlin program in Urbania, Italy.

In the summers of 2002 and 2003, Enu traveled to Austria to study with international opera star Grace Bumbry. In 2006, she was selected to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies opera training program in Graz, Austria. While at the institute, she worked with notable names in the opera world including leading dramatic Soprano, Gabriella Lechner of the Vienna Staatsoper. Enu currently studies voice with renowned Metropolitan Opera lyric soprano Carmen Balthrop, and is now pursuing her music studies full-time at the University of Maryland School of Music. She was recently awarded the African Jewel Award at the recently completed African Goodwill Awards held in Los Angeles.Visit http://www.chinweenu.com/ to learn more about her.




Abiodun Koya: A fashionista at heart, Abiodun Koya aka “Abby” is a classical opera singer gaining momentum across the USA and internationally. Koya began her passion for music at age six, playing the violin and singing classical music in church and other venues. Today, all of her work seems to be paying off. Koya has performed at the White House, the World Bank headquarters, the Madison Square Garden in New York city and in front of the Nigeria's Ex and current Presidents.

Koya has a degree in business management and when she is not busy with her music and emerging modeling and acting careers, she runs her foundation, “The Elizabeth Foundation” devoted to women empowerment in Africa, http://www.tef-inc.org/. Koya will be performing on Saturday, May 17th, 2008, at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria located at 3519 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008. Admission is free and the event starts at 2:30pm.

For more information on Koya, visit http://www.abiodunkoya.com/.



2 comments:

Oz said...

Impressive

Boutique Mix Fashion said...

inspirational and fabulous!!!!

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