Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist Jones Keziah is set to perform in Kigali on September 25.
According to Eric Karengera Kirenga, one of the organisers, Keziah’s show is aimed at giving Rwandans a feel of the obscure legend.
“I think it is very important for a successful music career to be based on skills, talent, individuality and originality which Keziah represents. He has managed to build a worldwide fan base,” said Kirenga, commonly known as Eric Soul.
Keziah sings about humanity, social issues, colonialism and about deep subjects but still manages to keep it funky and original because he has a lot of skills as a guitarist, and songwriter, he says.
Born Olufemi Sanyaolu, the 48-year-old describes his musical style as Blufunk, which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. He is also a great painter, a poet, a playwright and an educator. The guitarist also taught himself how to play at a young age and grew to become the legend he is today.
The Son of Africa, as he is fondly known to many, is unconventional that not only did he add a new genre to the world repertoire, the Blufunk which heavily rests on his guitar strumming style a guitar maker company had to create the perfect guitar to accommodate the move of his fingers.