International Artist and TED Fellow Iyeoka Opens HPR’s Atherton Winter Season, October 28

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Hawaiʻi Public Radio opens its Atherton Winter Season on October 28 at 7:30 p.m. with internationally celebrated Nigerian-American multi-disciplinary artist Iyeoka. The evening titled “Iyeoka’s Paper Heart” is an interactive talk about her creative journey, combined with her performance of her poetry and songs.
Reservations may be made online at or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID; service fees are applied to online orders. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open a half hour before the performance. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as the house is frequently sold out before the performance date.

Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo has a unique journey from youth activist selected by President Clinton to participate in a national public service symposium to securing a health education and professional position influencing pharmaceutical policy to becoming a DIY (do-it-yourself) recording and performing artist. Her Simply Falling YouTube video (2011) has received more than 40,000,000 views. “Iyeoka’s Paper Heart’” gives audiences the opportunity to look through Iyeoka’s eyes, tap into her knowledge base, and forge their own creative path. Iyeoka appears courtesy of the 2016 Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival and their creative outreach initiative called “P.L.A.Y. TIME - P.ursue a L.ife of A.rt and Y.outhfulness.”
The Atherton Winter Season includes 14 other events, including concerts by acclaimed classical pianist Christopher O’Riles, known as the host of NPR’s From the Top, a jazz piano and guitar duo Lenore Raphael and Wayne Wilkerson, and bluegrass legends Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. The entire 2016-17 Winter Season may be found here.

About the artist
Iyeoka is a resident of Boston, but spends many months in Hawaiʻi, the home base for the core of her band, Rock By Funk Tribe. It was in Hawaiʻi where the hypnotic and melodic songs “Who Would Follow” and “Gold” were created and came to life. The album also includes the single “Every Second Every Hour,” released in May 2015.
A few of Iyeoka’s many accolades include recipient of 2010 TED Global Fellow and winner of 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. She hosted a TED conference in June 2016. Her family started and runs the Amenawon Foundation to help those less fortunate in her home country of Nigeria. This is a repeating theme in many of her poems and songs.
in her native Esan language, "Iyeoka" means “I want to be respected” and the artist is the true embodiment of her name. Daughter of Nigerian-born parents who both hold doctorate degrees from Boston University, Iyeoka was a practicing pharmacist before launching her career as a poet, singer, activist and educator. By channeling her culture and ancestral influences, she delivers an authentic and inspiring message of healing through her expression in the arts.

Iyeoka has toured in support of artists such as Femi Kuti, Zap Mama, and Soul Live, as well as played several musical festivals throughout 2014 and 2015, including Cully Jazz Festival, Colours Festival, Afro Pfingsten, and Helsinki Festival. Her poetry has garnered her national attention through performances at the TBS Trumpet Awards, the Sullivan Honors Awards at the Kennedy Center, and Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam on HBO.

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