Lady Chi is a talented vocalist and performer in the Bay Area funk, soul, jazz and rock scenes. She has performed at the premier, world-class Bay Area venues, such as Yoshi’s, The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, The Independent among many others. She has toured nationally and worked with notable acts such as P-FUNK, Con Brio, Norwood Fisher(Fishbone), Angelo Moore(Fishbone), Blowfly (Clarence Reid), Eric Mcfadden(P-funk/the Animals), Saun Martin(Erykah Badu/Kirk Franklin) Thaddeus Tribbet (Jill Scott/Justin Timberlake/Estelle), and Members of Living Colour. Lady Chi,alongside these phenomenal musicians, has performed in notable clubs in NYC, NOLA, Dallas and LA, Outside Lands and the Long Beach Funk Fest.
Her repertoire is a mix of her own original compositions as well as well-known favorites. She sings with a glisten in her eye and a smile from her heart from a full 4+ Octave range with a bright, rich tone all the way up into her "whistle" notes. Her influences range from classic vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Teena Marie, and Minnie Ripperton, instrumentalists like Dizzy Gallespie, P-Funk, and Donald Byrd to modern innovators like Esperanza Spaulding,Erykah Badu and Dam-Funk creating a sound that is jazz with a foundation in funk.
Lady Chi’s interest in music was nurtured from a young age by both her mother Erica Azim, a world-reknown Mbira player, and her older sister Nyaradzo Kundidzora a phenomenal Jazz vocalist in her own right. Her early musical interest led her to diverse vocal studies ranging from jazz standards and Accapella to classical music and opera. After a chance meeting with Parliment/Funkadelic, her path was clear. Combining her jazz roots, her rhythmic scatting, and uncut funk, she is pioneering a fresh sound for jazz and funk fans alike.
Lady Chi is known as the Princess of Funk and has garnered a large following with her collaborations over the years. As she embarks on her debut solo career, there is only one question.....Y'all ready???