E C ARINZE BOWS OUT AND BLOWS ON
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of elder music statesman and pioneering Highlife maestro, E.C. Arinze. He was definitely the last of his generation and... Read more
Lagos Lullabye (official video)
I'd always loved Scorsese's Taxi Driver particularly the scene in which the protagonist, Travis Bickle drives his cab around the mean and seedy streets of New York city's Times Square.... Read more
SIJI - Lagos Lullabye (free single download)
Lagos in my honest opinion, has to be one of the most frenetic cities ever. Endlessly fascinating whilst at the same time grueling, manic and intimidating, it's relentless pace is... Read more
SIJI 'Home Grown' (Official EPK)
if you've already received this email it's simply because you're not only a fan of my music but you're also a much cherished backer of my documentary film... Read more
ELDERS CORNER SOUNDTRACK RECORDING SESSIONS
Music recording sessions for the film soundtrack took place here in Lagos last week at the famed Afrodesia Studios(formerly Decca West Africa owned) thus bringing about the last of... Read more
HER FATHER'S DAUGHTER
An apple never falls far from the tree. Sassy yet regal, Yeni Kuti held us in rapture as she relived her childhood memories growing up as the eldest child of... Read more
ELDER'S CORNER LIVE IMAGES
Orlando Julius, Paulson Kalu and Fatai Rolling Dollar collectively graced the stage for the first time ever to give truly memorable performances of some of their timeless classics. They performed... Read more
ELDER'S CORNER GOES LIVE!
Elders Corner goes LIVE this Sat.8.Dec @Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos. This one of a kind show, will feature legendary & iconic highlife greats, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Orlando Julius &... Read more
THE EVIL GENIUS SPEAKS
The elusive “Evil Genius”, Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya finally granted us an audience after months of intensive lobbying by friends, family and yours truly. Better late than never I say.... Read more
ORGY IN POLYRHYTHM
Our months of persistent probing finally yielded gold in Paris last week. As a lifelong Fela fan, I'd always marveled at the sheer complexity of Afrobeat music. It's urgent nature... Read more
To state that Sandra Izsadoreturned Fela on would be an understatement for she not only turned him on musically, she also helped awaken his psyche to the latent powers... Read more
We recently caught up with writer, ethnologist and political scientist, Carlos Moore at his residence in Salvador, Bahia.
Back in 1977, Carlos Moore was pegged to spearhead public relations for... Read more
SERIKI ONI GUITAR (GUITAR DEMON)
Fatai Rolling Dollar,the buccaneering musician whose work, life and music lit the spark that started it all. Halfway through the opening strains of his original classic 'Won Kere Si... Read more
KINGS OF THE EAST
Dan Satch and his cohorts named themselves the Oriental Brothersto signify their eastern Nigerian heritage. Their sound evolved out of the congolese guitar bands that became increasingly popular and... Read more
ANOTHER EASTERN PEARL
Man, Etubom Rex Williamssure can blow. With headphones on, I forgot to turn down my levels and then he kissed his horn. Sweet Jesus!!!! Crisp, clear and piercing, my... Read more
Paulson Kalu's golden pipes sure demand rapt attention. A soulful troubadour and witty philosopher, Kalu got his start backing Osita Osadebe who was quick to spot his burgeoning talents and... Read more
HIGHLIFE MY LIFE!
We rounded off our eastern tour with the very last of Nigeria's highlife big band leaders, the legendary E.C. Arinze.
His eyes lit up as we walked in and... Read more
Singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, sculpturer, painter, inventor, athlete, self proclaimed genius, Victor Uwaifo was the first African to be awarded a gold disc for his 1965 hit 'Joromi'.... Read more
Name checked by Ellington, toured with the likes of legendary rock group, Led Zeppelin and Aretha Franklin as well as a graduate of one of the most prestigious Italian music... Read more
IKENGA SUPERSTARS OF AFRICA
The Ikenga superstars got their start as members of highlife superstar Osita Osadebe'sbacking band. They jumped ship mid tour in London whilst accompanying him to start their own outfit,... Read more
PEARLS FROM THE EAST
As can be seen, the eyes tell it all. The Elders Corner film project finally wormed it's way to the eastern corner of Nigeria to catch up with the oldest... Read more
WHO SAY I TIRE?
we finally found the 'voice'. It belongs to none other than that of "Blackman" Akeeb Kareem. Still haunting, gritty and ever so soulful after years of adventure,... Read more
PEARLS OF WISDOM
THE HIGH PRIESTESSES OF SONG
Enthralling, regal and surreal are the few words that come to mind as I recall my recent encounter with the Lijadu sisters. Near identical, sisters Taiwo and Kehinde were... Read more
With the kindness, support and generosity of 244 backers, we were able to not only meet the target goal we set ourselves 40 days ago, but exceed it and by... Read more
WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE DID IT!!!
38 days of sleepless nights, grinding away and with your unending support, we finally pulled this thang off!! Seriously, I can't thank you all enough for your... Read more
WE'RE ALMOST THERE!!!
with a little under 3 days left to go, we're fast approaching the finish line. We're currently 90% of the way there already and If we keep the momentum... Read more
ELDER'S CORNER - Chris Ajilo's Highlife classic rendition
As a parting shot, I though to share the legendary Chris Ajilo's free styled rendition of his 1950's highlife classic, 'Eko O Gba Gbere' (Lagos Takes No... Read more
INTO THE FINAL STRETCH WITH NEW REWARD LEVELS
Firstly, I must say a heartfelt word of thanks to those of you who heeded my last call for support to get us past the midway point. With your help... Read more
FELA LIVES! ELDER'S CORNER TRIBUTE
With a ton of help from you all, we're steadily approaching our next milestone, the halfway point with a little over 16 days left to go. Kindly continue to... Read more
PROJECT OF THE DAY ON KICKSTARTER!!
Great news. Elder's Corner is now featured on the front page of the KICKSTARTER website!!!
We're getting there and almost 50% into our target goal. Keep on spreading the word. ... Read more
OFFICIAL WEBSITE NOW UP AND RUNNING
The official Elder's Corner website is now up.
FIRST MILESTONE CROSSED
Well, well, well, they say, when it rains, it might just as well pour. With your much needed support we have comfortably crossed the first milestone and hit 25% ($5,000) of... Read more
ELDER'S CORNER LAUNCH
we're off to a flying start and the response has been extremely positive thus far. Kindly continue to spread the word on my behalf and I'll be keeping... Read more