Q&A With Local Musician Ndidi Onukwulu
One or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. A Rorschach test, for sure.
Ndidi Onukwulu [N-dee-dee O-noo-kwoo-loo] is a BC born and raised musician. Hailed as “our generation’s funkier Billy Holiday” by Soundproof Magazine, her music is blues based, but not limited to the genre. On her sophomore album, “The Contradictor”, Ndidi expresses a voice equally at home with jazz and soul, that shifts from folk and chanson to country, cabaret and elsewhere with ease.
After stints in New York and Toronto, Ndidi has brought her new form of blues back to the West Coast, continuously working on music from her Britannia Beach home. But don’t expect this chanteuse to sit still for long. With a cross Canada tour set for March and April 2009, a newly signed record deal with indie label Naive in Paris, France and a role in the film “Nurse.Fighter.Boy” (in theatres now), this is one homegrown talent we’re going to have to share with the rest of the world.
Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: I live on Britannia Beach: ocean view, mountains, silence.
The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: CHOCOLATE.
Default drink of choice: gin & tonic.
Drink you’ll never have again: vodka & orange juice
The one place you’d move to: Paris.
Favourite wine: Bordeaux.
The person you can imitate: No one, really .
One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: I’d like to open more live music venues and create a semi regular dance party.
Cheap place for dinner: Sushi Yama.
Book you’re reading: The Watchmen
Last place traveled: Paris.
Best sneaker in the world: Nike Dunks.
Place in BC that you love escaping to: my home in Britannia Beach.
Under what circumstances would you join the army: If Canada was being attacked and the US was trying to steal our water.
The thing that makes you the angriest: Our government.
Saddest thing about Vancouver: the lack of good old fashioned dance parties.
Talent you wish you possessed: I would like to be a ventriloquist.
The trend you wish you never followed, but did: Hyper colour – oohh that was a rough time.
Musical instrument you long to play: auto harp.
Sport you gave up: competitive swimming
The game you’re best at: Tetris.
Somewhere within an hour of Vancouver that is worth checking out: Britannia Beach.
The number of fist fights you’ve been in: 4.
Best concert experience ever: Radiohead.
Aspect of your personality you wish you could change: I tend to rant and have extremely strong opinions.
How you waste your time: watching HBO.
The thing you wished people cared more about: Changing our government and volunteering for those less fortunate.
The song you’re most proud of: too many to list.
Town you were born in: New Westminster, BC.
Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Dukes of Hazzard.
Default junk food of choice: Miss Vicki’s chips.
The career path you considered but never followed: Politics.
The first three things you do every morning: wake up, drink water, make a joke.
Favourite book as a child: Nancy Drew.
The thing you’re addicted to: Nancy Drew Hardcovers
Biggest hope: That humanity will get it together and start to work together to change the world.