Keziah Jones

Biography Keziah Jones

Keziah Jones
Olufemi Sanyalou known as "Keziah Jones", born (October 1,1968,) is a multitalented Nigerian guitarist and songwriter. He is heavily influenced by Fela Kuti and Jimi Hendrix. He describes his musical style as Blufunk, which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Also his African roots and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound.

Born into a wealthy family, son of an industrial, he was sent to London at the age of eight and went to a state school. At thirteen he learnt to play the piano and three years later learnt the guitar and composed his own songs. To the dismay of his family he left school and started playing in pubs and in the street. Discovered by Phil Pickett in the Paris metro, he then started performing in England with his own group.

His first album entitled "Blufunk is a Fact" gave birth to the legendary success single "rhythm is love". This is said to have had a lot of influence from the music of Fela Kuti. Two other titles Where is Life and Free your soul were tremendous successes. In 1995 he brought out African Space Craft which included the single If you know. Four years later Keziah brought out two new albums in consecutive years 2003 Liquid Sunshine, 2004 Black Orpheus.

Based between Lagos, Brooklyn, Paris and London, KJ’s artistry and innovation moves beyond the music itself, his paintings are regularly exposed in contemporary art galleries and graphic novels Graphic novel release In 2012, he partnered with a German based guitar manufacturer LAG and personally led the team that created, designed and built a guitar that would fit his unique percussive style. This guitar was subsequently launched and named Rugged 1.

In 2012…the RATP, the French transport network in charge of Paris introduced a new policy allowing musicians to showcase their music in public metro station, the decision was highly influenced by KJ’s promotional stunt for the release of the Black Orpheus album as the superstar musician offered surprise acoustic concerts in metro station across the city. His 20 year career gracing prestigious stages and festivals across the globe, have also led him into educational initiatives focused on sharing music related techniques including songwriting, music as a business and building performance style.

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