OSHUN is a Iya-sol (Neo-Soul/Hip-Hop) duo comprised of DMV natives Niambi Sala and Thandiwe, both 19. Their sisterhood manifested in March 2013 when the two met as incoming freshmen at a scholarship orientation at NYU. After an instant connection, OSHUN made their debut at the orientation’s talent showcase in 2014.
Niambi Sala has been a vocalist and musician her entire life and was raised in a musical home. She moved to NYC to continue her career as a student at the Clive Davis Institute at NYU. Thandiwe came to NYU to study Journalism and Africana Studies. During her initial time in NYC, she dabbled in music production. At the end of their first semester, Thandi and Niambi decided to pursue their collaboration seriously.
The name OSHUN is homage to a Yoruba river deity (Osun) and her sisters (Yemoja and Oya) who all represent elements of femininity and womanhood. The duo made their public debut early last year on their MTA Acoustic Tour. They then moved on to write, record, and release their debut EP “AFAHYE” in March of 2014.
Since then, OSHUN has gained attention from many publications, including Okayplayer, Afropunk, Nu-Soul Mag and AllThatDopeShit and have over 63K plays on SoundCloud. They toured throughout the greater NYC area in 2014, and performed in major cities such as their home city Washington, DC and Philadelphia. They are working on their first album, “ASASE YAA” to be released Spring 2015.
Their goal is to share Oshun/JAH/LOVE/LIGHT ‘s peaceful omnipresence for the bigger purpose of empowering women, and all people, instilling confidence, cultural pride, and self-respect. This bigger purpose is within a re-emerging movement of cultural realignment, awareness, and creativity.
So far everything they’ve dropped has been amazing. I’m looking forward to the full length from them. Support good music!