Friday, February, 5, at Jazzhole, 168, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, lagos, the United States-based artiste, Siji, thrilled afro and soul music lovers courtesy of the management of the music centre famous for its predilection to jazz and world musical works. At the same venue, he played tracks from his new album, adeSIJI.
Siji spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before going to the US to further pursue his musical ambitions. His cultural heritage combined with the political and social movements of the age, exposed a young Siji to the insurgent, politicized music of the Afrobeat legends Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Tony Allen as well as the soulful grooves of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Otis Redding.
He has contributed songwriting and production talent to projects for Salif Keita, Cesaria Evora, Vinia Mojica and Wunmi. Along with those skills, Siji brought with him the immediate feedback and positive energy of the live performance into the studio, creating songs that would eventually make up his debut album God-Given (BBE Records, 2004).