Click on the link here for Audio Player – Keziah Jones – live at Nova Sessions, Paris – September 27, 2013 – Radio France FIP
Keziah Jones (originally Olufemi Sanyaolu) is a Nigerian Singer-Songwriter and purveyor of Blu-Funk, a hybrid of Blues and Funk, done in the inimitable Nigerian style. But Jones is also a dazzling guitarist, employing a distinctive style that includes a percussive right-hand technique.
It’s a winning combination and Jones has been at it since roughly 1991, taking a long and circuitous route, from Busking in the London underground to an impressive 6 album catalog as of 2013 (with new album, Captain Rugged just out). There appears to be no stopping in sight. Jones has been steadily gaining a fan base, and judging by the reaction to this session, he’s won over the French.
Tonight it’s an informal get-together (and pretty intimate, with the audience sitting literally next to, and all around the band), as part of the Nova Sessions series in Paris. Jones, along with bass player Arthur Williams and drummer Nathan Allen, and over an hour of beautiful music making.
In addition to Blu-Funk, Jones is now being tagged with Afronewave (African New Wave). Further evidence there is a treasure trove of astonishing and influential talent in that massive continent just south of the Mediterranean.
Time to go exploring and seeing what else is out there. In the meantime, dive into Keziah Jones – and visit his website. He has a free download available.