Nigerian-born singer and songwriter, Lindsey Abudei has gradually crafted an earthy mix of Jazz, Soul and Alternative elements into her elegant, contemporary sound.
Born and raised in Jos, Nigeria,by parents with diverse musical tastes, her influences from Jazz, Rock, R&B, Blues,Soul,Classical-and from artists like Roberta Flack, The Beach Boys, Sade, Eva Cassidy, Sarah McLachlan, Lauryn Hill, gradually helped in honing her sound which she calls Neo Soul/Alternative.
Albums like Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In The Key Of Life” and The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds' are one of those that not only got Lindsey immersed in sound and stirred her love for harmony and interest in songwriting – but also built her training by ear.
After a short stint doing backups for South African singer, Sonti Mndebele, being the lead singer for a local jazz band, The Jazzcats, Lindsey has also had collaborations with peers like MI Abaga, Jesse Jagz, Laolu Senbanjo and British trumpeter, Tom Arthurs.
Having opened for acts like the French Nicolas Folmer Quartet, South African Mi Casa and Asa during their Nigerian tour, her acclaimed EP, Brown (2013) was released and got her third place in Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) Prix Découvertes in the same year.
Her new album, “...And The Bass Is Queen.” has gotten good reviews from Nigeria and abroad since its release.
Having music from the album used in AMVCA and AMAA 2018 nominated and winning movie, Isoken being an Art OMI: Music 2017 Fellow, a BANFF Jazz And Creative Music 2018 Alumni and a Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) 2018 Participant are a testament that she is finally making a stamp with her sound.
“If you’ve never taken me up on anything, please do on this: Lindsey Abudei’s “...And The Bass Is Queen.” is the best album I’ve heard in years.”
-Cobhams Asuquo. Singer/Songwriter and Producer.
“...And The Bass Is Queen.” is one of the best albums released by a Nigerian in a decade.”
-Oris Aigbokhaevbolo Music In Africa Contributor.
Lindsey calls the album, “a canvas of experiences told with haunting bass lines and guitar riffs.”
She explores love, heartbreak, life, hope and freedom in ways that seem simple and yet pull you in- almost as if she is asking you in for a conversation.
Lindsey is currently on tour.