June 2006

DK Ibomeka | Love Stories CD Release
June 13, 2006RevivalToronto
DK Charms us with his Love Stories
by Sue Bullas with photos by Roger Humbert
The perfect recipe for a CD release party: an intimate setting, a wine tasting, good food and lovely people. This is exactly what DK Ibomeka had Tuesday night at Revival for the release of Love Stories.

DK is expressive, charming and fun. He sings us a thank you for attending his release “I appreciate you taking the time to celebrate with me.” The crowd was engaged from his first step on stage. He loves his songs, and shared his inspiration for several of them, such as “Interview”, relating his comparison of a first date to a job interview.

DK experimented with singing after hearing and being moved by an Ella Fitzgerald recording. He quietly wrote songs and developed his voice, eventually auditioning for his parents a capella in the kitchen before committing to a career in music. DK values his instrument and has a knack for expressing his three octave range voice throughout his songs.

Kevin Barrett (guitar), Kevin Adamson (keys), Drew Birston (bass), Aubrey Dayle (drums) gave inspired support to DK’s voice, seeming to love the music as much as the singer himself. DK has such a strong presence that I don’t think the CD entirely captures the freshness of his style.

DK’s boyish qualities and his humourous style came to the fore during his admission that he can’t tie his own tie (his neighbour helped). After attending the release party I think it’s safe to say we’d all offer to help him with his tie anytime.
We welcome your comments and feedback
Sue Bullas
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Roger Humbert
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