Friday, November 12, 2010

Siji - Nigerian Soul

Born in London, raised in Nigeria, and now living in New York City - Siji truly represents a global soul sound.

Siji's talent for performing became apparent at an early age, when he would entertain at family gatherings or for guests who stopped by the family home in Nigeria.

After pursuing music in the London scene as an adult, he moved to New York in 2001 and began his association with hugely popular house music producer Osunlade.

After a recommendation from a friend to use elements of the music of his youth, which included music from Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, and music from the Yoruba culture, Siji incorporated these influences into his songs. Siji described his musical style as Afrosoul, and he fused together elements of Afrobeat, jazz, and soul music with touches of house music.

Here is his Afrosoul jam, Yearning for Home, a song that expresses the universal longing for home.

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