"Yoruba Songbook-1" by @Adedejinfo Transcends African Arts And Culture


Pan-African music artiste, Adedeji premiers a 23-minute non-stop solo guitar improvisation of Old Yoruba folk songs called "Yoruba Songbook-1". His previous album "Afreekanism" holds some amazingly awesome songs like "Afreeka On My Mind" and "Morenike" to mention but a few. Feel Adedeji's vibes and if you like what you hear, listen to more of his refreshingly culturally inspiring music below.

Adedeji is a prolific singer, guitarist and composer, born and raised in the vibrant city of Lagos, West Africa.Adedeji’s music is an infusion of Traditional African music with a progressive attitude and modern sound of jazz, funk and soul music, creating music that is rhythmically and technically sophisticated, harmonically rich, and melodically compelling. Among his evident influences are George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, King Sunny Ade, and Fela Kuti.

Has a follow up for His debut album ‘Ajo’ , Adedeji released a new single C.O.P in 2015. A song that comes from his personal experience, as a frequent traveler and a touring musician, and touches the delicate issue of immigration, addressing the reasons that make someone leave his country, as well as what someone has to face at the borders, airports and eventually abroad.
In March 2017 he released a follow-up double Album with the title “Afreekanism” which featured over 50 musicians from around the world, including the legendary Dr Orlando Julius Ekemode.Grammy Award-winning Nigerian percussionist Lekan Babalola,and lots of exciting special guests. This album is an eclectic Afrocentric music with a blend of jazz funk, soul and everything in between. Afreekanism is been on top 40 chart in at ethnocloud Canada and won the 4th place for world music category 2017 in a Japanese music magazine.

Music found its way into Adedeji’s heart at the early age of 5, when he joined the church choir, and by the age of 10, he was leading the choir, even though he was largely self-taught. Later, he worked prolifically as a backing vocalist, and also produced local artists in Nigeria. By the time he was 18, his voice could be heard all over Nigeria, in radio jingles and adverts and on movie soundtracks.

He studied music technology at the Polytechnic, Ibadan for two years, and creative art at the University of Lagos. He has a degree in Performance from the London College of Music and is a graduate of Jazz Guitar/Vocals at Prince Claus Conservatory, Netherlands, where he won the 2012 VNO NCW Noord Talent Award.

The year 2007 saw Adedeji relocate to Greece where he performs almost every night as a singer and guitarist, and featured artist in many diverse projects and album.

He spends the last years Between Nigeria and Greece as well as touring around Europe and Africa.

His musical CV includes performing with the NNO orchestra, Lionel Loueke, JD Walter, Femi Temowo, Gene Jackson, Hind, Ruben Hein, Lagbaja, Ayo Bankole, the Steve Rhodes Orchestra, Salvador Shango and many more. He features on Mc Yinka’s Alana album,Yannis Kassetas Funk Abyss album, Elvis E’s Prayer album; he arranged and composed songs for Salvador Sango in his role as lead singer/rhythm guitarist and his compositions feature on the band’s 2005 debut album. Adedeji has performed at various festivals and events such as World Music Day 2006/2009 (Greece), Documentary Festival (Thessaloniki, Greece), African Art Fest (Madrid), Sing Out Gospel Concerts series in various cities in (Germany), Gideon Festival (Netherlands), Swinging in Groningen Netherlands, Kalamata Jazz Festival (Greece), Amsterdam Gospel Festival, Stukafest (Groningen, Netherlands), Enclave de Agua Festival (Soria, Spain),jazzablanca and Tanjazz festival Morocco, Naijazz Festival , Bayelsa jazz Festival Nigeria,Amersfoort jazz festival, Athens Epidavros festival,preveza jazz festival to name but a few.

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