Mathematics Prof. Udeigwe drives purpose with new single ‘Today’
New York based Nigerian Professor of Mathematics, Lawrence Udeigwe, has positioned his new single titled “Today” for full blast entertainment and simultaneously raising a consciousness for people to make the best of each new day.
Speaking recently from his base in the US, Lawrence Udeigwe, who goes by the creative name Udeigwe described music as his natural first love and talked about how much work he had put into developing his music career despite being a mathematician.
Expressing his great desire for his music career, he said: “In 5 years, I’d love to be leading a successful internationally known group that does well both on big stages and small listening rooms, have enough materials to release an album each year for the next 10 years.”
“I released my first album in 2006 and formed my first band in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 2007. So I’d say at least 16 years’ worth of slow but steady work. Lol. “I used to release music under the pseudonym Lorens Chuno but in the past few years, I started to see the need to have a more encompassing name that encapsulates my personal, academic, and artistic life,” he said.
The Manhattan College professor of mathematics artist also highlights an important fact that his music takes on a wide range of issues that the contemporary African deals with. The new single “Today” has a rich flavor of Jazz, and mix of Afrobeats.
On rating the Nigerian music industry in the global music space, Udeigwe said:” In terms of dance able tunes, it occupies a good piece of space. I think there is still a huge unoccupied space that Nigerian music could be filling – we’re still yet to tap into our potentials when it comes to listener-friendly music and purely instrumental music, even though we had traditionally had those kinds of music across all the ethnic groups of the country.”
He looks forward to collaborations with some established Nigerian musicians, as he expressed his thoughts: “I hear Ladipoe on a song I’m currently working on. I hear The Cavemen on another song I’m working on. Others include Tiwa Savage, Flavour, and Niniola but to be honest, I’d be honored to work with any of the established folks.”
The native of Enugu State, Udeigwe and his six siblings were born and raised in Makurdi, Benue State. Udeigwe attended St Theresa’s Primary School in Wurukum Makurdi, and Mt St Gabriel’s Secondary School Makurdi, same high school that Nigerian music icon, 2Baba(Innocent Idibia) attended.
He left Nigeria for the United States in 2000 for his university education and has remained there since then. With a PhD in mathematics, Udeigwe would simply remain with mathematics if he were not doing music.
Listen/Stream “Today” by Udeigwe here;