Femi Koya

Afrobeat and Jazz Musician - Johannesburg
Femi Koya

 

Femi Koya sees the new Africa on the move as part of home where he is not just one place but a multiplicity of places and influences. Its true homecoming when people see themselves as first and foremost African. Until then his music will continue to make suggestive of this and what the future holds if Africans unite. He says that our destiny.

Debut album “Just in Newtown” is evidence of the rich melodies that result from this fusion. His done his own interpretations of South African gospel music through collaborating with other artists on Loxion praise.

He breathes new life into African world music, through his versatility on the saxophone. “Iba” meaning “Homage” is the title of Femi Koya’s new album due to be launched in August 2015.

Celebrating Africa’s love of life through his new album with infectious dance numbers that bring fans to their feet and also calls for African unity to make a plea for human rights to be respected.

Having featured some artists namely the Soweto Gospel Choir, Pops Mohamed, Stompie Manana, Prince Lengoase and Kenny Mataba and poetry by Pitika Ntuli and Lisa Combrinck. With musical influences from the likes of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Manu di Bango, Hugh Masekela, Baaba Maal and Salif Keita.

His music is a rich blend of deep and sultry jazz and contemporary groove, combining Afrobeat and jazz, West African highlife with a nostalgic Sophiatown flavour. Femi Koya is the new face of the African Renaissance.

Resonating in his music, a story of migration from the West to the South which creates a conscious dialogue between West African and South African sounds emrging is life’s journey as urban and urbane.

A common heritage is reinforced to meet this musical fusion and the needs of today's world, demonstrating the path to a new and culturally integrated Africa and his quest is for unity at a time when he believes Africa should rightfully claim its proud place in the world.

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

His shared the stage with Youssou N’dour and Yvonne Chaka Chaka at the CAF (Confederation of African Football Awards) in Lagos and with John Legend in his first South African tour in Cape Town. Alongside performances with the king of Juju music, Sunny Ade, at the Glo launch in the Republic of Benin. Other colourful festivals felt Femi Koya's hypnotic music, where he performed alongside the great Lucky Dube, Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Mtukudzi, Habib Koite and Sibongile Khumalo. He has recorded with Simphiwe Dana, Pops Mohamed and Yvonne Chaka Chaka to mention a few.

 

 

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