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Keziah Jones
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Keziah Jones at the Eurockéennes de Belfort 2011
Background information
Birth name Olufemi Sanyaolu
Born (1968-01-10) 10 January 1968 (age 49)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres Blues, funk, Yoruba music, soul
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, photographer, poet, playwright, painter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, percussion, clarinet
Years active 1992–present
Labels Delabel Records
Virgin Records
Because Music
Website Official Site
 Unplugged concert in Strasbourg, France, September 2008
Unplugged concert in Strasbourg, France, September 2008

Keziah Jones (born Olufemi Sanyaolu on 10 January 1968) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He describes his musical style as "Blufunk", which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Also his Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound.

He is known for his distinctive style of guitar playing, including his percussive right-hand technique which is similar to a bass guitarist's slapping technique.

Life and career

Olufemi Sanyaolu a.k.a. Keziah Jones is the son of Oshodolamu Sanyaolu; Chief of the Yoruba people and successful industrialist and Abiola Sanyaolu. Born on 10 January 1968, Jones spent his early childhood in a large family in a part of Nigeria in the city of Lagos. From a young age he was being prepared to follow his father's footsteps in the family concern and was expected to have an academic career. Therefore, his father enrolled him in a Public School in London and he left Nigeria at the age of eight to be educated in England.

"I had to find a way out of all that, and music was it!"[citation needed] By the age of 13 he had discovered the old school piano and taught himself how to play and write songs. Three years later he switched to the guitar, increasingly neglecting his studies. After scraping through exams he went against his father's wishes and family tradition even more by skipping school and busking in the streets, clubs and London Underground, constantly avoiding the police.

Jones led a bohemian lifestyle for several years instead of the one envisaged for him. "Lose all time, love your mind, free your soul!" were words from his song Free Your Soul. Moving from London to Paris and back again frequently accompanied only by his guitar, the young Jones acquired a reputation as a talented musician and charismatic performer with a unique "hard funk" style. In 1990, whilst busking in London's Portobello Road, Keziah was discovered by composer and ex-keyboard player for Sailor and Culture Club, Phil Pickett quickly evolving into full-time management of the artist. Pickett signed Jones to a long-term songwriting agreement with Hit & Run Music Publishing ( photo Billboard 1990) who's executive, Dave Massey, had recorded songs by Jones when at Chrysalis Music. Massey continued to be involved in Keziah's career for the next 8 years. After a brief but near disastrous flirtation with Capitol Records in the USA, in 1992, Pickett signed Keziah to Emmanuel de Buretel's Delabel label for his debut album Blufunk Is a Fact. Recording in London with producer Kevin Armstrong, included in the worldwide success of the project was Keziah's first single "Rhythm Is Love". Jones attributes his Parisian subway experiences as highly instrumental to his by now blossoming career in his official biography.[1] By 2008, Jones had recorded five albums and one live DVD. After performing many shows and festivals throughout the world between 2009 and 2012, late in 2012 Keziah Jones was back in Lagos preparing to record his new studio album set for worldwide release on Because Music in 2013

Influences

Keziah often cites Fela Kuti, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix as important influences.

Art

Keziah Jones also draws,paints and writes poetry. He is a photographer and has produced short films, including one entitled BLACKSPEEDTEXT This film, his music and the other facets of his artistic life reflect his experiences on the streets.

Personal life

Keziah was married to Anglo-Nigerian singer Akure Wall in 1994. they separated in 1996.[2]

On 14 January 2012 Keziah married Hauwa Mukan, they separated in December 2013.[2]

Discography

Studio albums

Compilation albums and reissues

EPs

  • "Frinigrô Interstellar" (1991)
  • "Live" (1993)
  • "The African Anarchist" (1999)

Singles

  • "Rhythm Is Love" (1992) – FRA #40[3]
  • "Where's Life?" (1992)
  • "Million Miles from Home" (1995) – AUS #92,[4] UK #181[8]
  • "If You Know" (1995)

Videography

Live at the Elysée Montmartre (14 June 2004)

Filmography

References

  1. ^ Keziah Jones Official Biography
  2. ^ a b Hart, Beth (2014-02-10). "OH, NO! Another Beautiful Marriage Crashes!". Naij.com - Nigeria news. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "lescharts.com > Keziah Jones dans les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  4. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:
  5. ^ a b c d e f "hitparade.ch > Keziah Jones in der Schweizer Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Ultratop > Keziah Jones in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  7. ^ a b "Ultratop > Keziah Jones dans L'Ultratop Wallonie" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 > Jessie J – JX". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 

External links

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