Issamwera, an upcoming afro fusion band that will delight the audience with their African rhythms and soulful sounds, was formed in 2013 when Yara, more popularly known as “monace”, started to feel what she calls “the screams of rhythms.” The band is composed of Yara Polana, Kwami Obaioni, Ingolfur Arason, Ellert Schram, Cheick Bangoura, and Andres.
Being away from home did not discourage Yara from pursuing what she wants. As an independent musician, she started recording original material at her home studio. However, it was only after meeting her other band mates who jazzed up the sound with powerful African hand drums, strong Latin vibes, and beautiful melodic chords that she began believing that the music they were making was worthwhile and unique.
Yara is a multi-instrumentalist. She started playing piano at age 7, guitar at 15, production at 19 and drums at 28. Her guitar and drum playing skills are all self-taught. She is also a writer and graphic novelist. Yara has already released a book called “God is a Black Woman,” an interesting and poetic story based on her experience of growing up in a multi-ethnic country and multi-tribal community. She has played with several musicians and participated in various projects, including reggae, hip-hop, metal, and jazz. Yara is called The Queen in Mozambique due to being the first and only female guitar player in the metal scene back.
Her band, Issamwera, has already performed in different venues, including the Kaffi Vinyl and Kaldi Bar/ Café in Reykjavík, Iceland. Issamwera may be new, but they are eager to bring Latin America and Africa to the people through their high energetic performances. There are not a lot of Afro and Latin bands in Iceland as they are isolated from continental Europe. Issamwera is trying to contribute in a unique way to society by bringing diversity and focus on female empowerment in the music industry. The band aims to keep roots while trying to innovate at the same time. They want to impact the world of people of color living in Iceland and other Scandinavian countries through music creativity and art, bringing in the organic lifestyle and tribal experiences of African societies.
The inspiration comes from iconic artists such as Fela Kuti with his multi-instrumentalist talent, Brenda Fassie with her amazing unique vocals and Awilo Longomba with his energetic presence. Issamwera strives to welcome Afro, Afrobeat and powerful complex rhythms into the world.
The group plans to release their first album this fall, 2018.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/issamweraband or text +354 7791022.
Company Name: ISSAMWERA
Contact Person: Yara Polana
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City: 101 Reykjavík