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Nigerian sax man Olufemi to perform live at The SA State Theatre!

One of Nigeria’s sons Olufemi will be unleashing the Afro-beat sounds that made his name in the South African music scene. He will be performing at the Rendezvous Theatre within The SA State Theatre complex on Friday 31st May 2013. The show starts at 20:00 and ends at 23:00

OLUFEMI is the new face of the African Renaissance. Combining Afro-beat and jazz, gospel and blues, West African highlife with a nostalgic Sophiatown flavour, his music is a rich blend of deep and sultry jazz and contemporary groove. His music is urban and urbane. His life’s journey - a story of migration to the South - resonates in his music, which creates a conscious dialogue between West African and South African sounds. This musical fusion demonstrates the path to a new and culturally integrated Africa in which a common heritage is renewed and reshaped to meet the needs of today's world.

OLUFEMI’s debut album “Just in Newtown” is evidence of the rich melodies that result from this fusion. Through his versatility on the saxophone, he breathes new life into African world music. He is also an arranger, a producer and a songwriter.

His love for music began when as a child; he danced around the village when the traditional drummers played in his father's compound in Akio town, Ikorodu Lagos Nigeria in the 80s. He then started playing trumpet as a choir member in his local church. He dabbled in the piano. But he soon discovered that his first love was for the saxophone.

His influences include Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Manu di Bango, Hugh Masekela, Salif Keita, and his elder brother, Kola Ogunkoya. He has played in the presence of all-time greats, including John Legend in his first South African tour in Cape Town. He has shared the stage with Youssou N’dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the CAF (Confederation of African Football Awards) 2009 in Lagos. He performed alongside the king of Juju music, Sunny Ade, at the Glo launch in the Republic of Benin. Other colourful festivals such as the Calabar festival in Nigeria have felt Olufemi's hypnotic music, where he performed alongside the late, great Lucky Dube.

The highlights of his career include performing at the Crowning of Miss World 2008 in Johannesburg, at the FIFA Confederation Cup Draw in 2008, at the CAFawards in Accra, Ghana in 2010, at the Afrophonie concert at the Bassline in 2010, at the Pan African Arts and Craft exhibition (PACE) in 2010. He was proud to honour Africa’s heroes by playing at the 50th year celebration of 17 African countries at the Pan African Parliament, in Midrandin oct 2010 He has been a willing supporter of the Haiti Campaign spearheaded by the National Department of Arts and Culture, performing live on SABC TV in April 2010 and composing a song devoted to the Haitian people.

Olufemi joins two stable-mates and African guitar veterans Louis Mhlanga and Skipper Shabalala on the list of BakTu Musik artists who have already performed at the venue since the inauguration of Jazz & African Music Nights series started in 2010. The saxophone maestro will be supported by Iimpeperembe all the way from Mpumalanga. Entrance is R100 at the door.

Be sure not to miss this one!

Issued by

Tumi Peter
BakTu Musik

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