Thursday, July 14, 2011

Keziah Jones

Had a recent interview with Blufunk singer Keziah Jones (born Olufemi Sanyaolu) at the Southern Sun Hotel in Ikoyi. We had earlier met at a performance by Duro Ikujenyo and agreed to an interview on his short trip to Lagos. The singer's been soaking up some West African influence for his next album and he took me down the memory lane; the birth of his music, the influence of identity and his hopes for new Nigerian music to break through to the European and American mainstream.

A few weeks ago he was harassed by French police after alighting from a tarin in Paris. I broke that news online after getting it from his Facebook page. I hope his music makes bigger waves at home like it has in the West.

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