Keziah Jones (born Olufemi Sanyaolu on January 10, 1968 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He describes his musical style as “Blufunk”, which is a fusion between raw blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. Also his Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul music can be considered a major influence on his sound.

He is known for his distinctive style of guitar playing, including his percussive right-hand technique which is similar to a bass guitarist’s slapping technique. He’s also famous for playing most of his live shows with a bare torso.

Jones is the son of Osodolamu Sanyaolu; Chief of a Yoruba tribe and successful industrialist. Jones spent his early childhood in a large family in the semi-Muslim part of Nigeria, close to the city of Lagos. From a young age he was being prepared to follow his father’s footsteps and was expected to have an academic career. Therefore his father enrolled him in a Public School in London and he left Nigeria at the age of eight to be educated in England.

“I had to find a way out of all that bullshit, and music was it!”[citation needed] By the age of 13 he discovered the old school piano and taught himself how to play and write songs. Three years later he switched to the guitar, increasingly neglecting his studies. After scraping through exams he went against his father’s wishes and family tradition even more by skipping school and busking in the streets, clubs and London Underground, constantly avoiding the police, the Immigration Department - and his own relatives.

Jones led a bohemian lifestyle for several years instead of the one envisaged for him. “Lose all time, love your mind, free your soul!” were words from his song Free Your Soul. Moving from London to Paris, accompanied by his guitar, he acquired a reputation as a talented musician and performer with a unique style. In 1991, while playing in the Paris Metro, Keziah was discovered by an A&R man from the French music label “Delabel”. In 1992, Delabel signed Keziah for his debut album and recorded it in Paris, Blufunk Is a Fact including the worldwide success of Keziah’s first single “Rhythm is Love.” Jones attributes his Parisian subway experiences as being instrumental to his blossoming career in his official biography.[1]. By 2008, Jones recorded eight albums and one DVD.

Editado por FeijahN em Mar 28 2010, 6h17

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