Award-Winning World Music Artist, Songwriter, Producer
Mercy Alu AKA “Ngozi” (pronounced- N-go-zee), is an award-winning artist, songwriter, producer, author and researcher from Nigeria. Her music has won several awards including the Hollywood and African Prestigious Award, Peace song award, and the ICMA Best of Africa award. Alu’s music has been featured on Nigerian cable networks such as NTA (Nigerian Television Authority), ITV, AIT, Silverbird, and audio programs on Radio Nigeria. She has liaisoned/collaborated with various Afro artists including Nigerian pop musician Alex O., South African Lucky Dube, Jamaican Rica Newell (Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Stephen Marley), Ghanaian Magic Rocker and other well accomplished artists/producers. Alu’s music was featured on Voice of America’s Africa: English-to-Africa service program.
“Multi-talented Alu’s music is inspired by her love for culture, history and experiences in her humble beginnings” Yes International, Celebrities Version, Nigeria.
Alu started composing songs and singing in her early childhood, where older people in the village would stop and listen to her songs, and she would sing with other children from door to door on special occasions. She eventually sang in church choirs, moderated a kid’s program on Imo Broadcasting Corporation, Nigeria, and composed songs for her secondary school activities. Her unique, soulful, heart-squeezing voice has been compared to artists like Tracy Chapman, Brenda Fassie (South Africa), Miriam Makeba, Erykah Badu, Tina Turner etc. Her musical style of cultural presentation has been compared to Yemi Alade. Alu has traveled to several countries in Africa, Europe, and has resided in both Nigeria, Ghana, and the U.S.A. This experience has given her the appreciation of culture and diversity, and to see the world as a global village. Alu is multi-lingual, including French and several African languages. She is currently working on an album project as a co-producer in collaboration with and featuring several Grammy award nominated artists from North and Latin America. Through her genre of inspirational Afro-pop, Afro-beats, Gospel, she seeks to inspire a positive outlook on life, peace, love and global consciousness.