African music is making great strides in the Western hemisphere, and while Afrobeat itself is a fusion of African sounds and classical Western instruments, the sound that The Gunjus bring is unique.
Known as The Gunjus after the head drummer/percussionist, Prince Seyi Olagunju, this group of eclectic, super-talented musicians bring the AFROPEAN sound – a fusion of African ancestral vocals and beats, with very modern, Western electronic sound.
Seyi has been playing his unique brand of African music for the last 15 years mixing his love for his African drums, the style of which have been in use for over 300 years, and his childhood passion for electronic and house music. He quickly found that his style was appealing to Europeans and Africans alike, so he just took it and ran with it.
His hit songs include The African Drummer (audio below), Alafia, and The Edo Messenger.
Sunday, 30th August, the band showcased their skills at the Festac Bar, a fabulous Naija seafood restaurant in North London, and the place was crowded as fans and well-wishers came to listen to the maestro beat his drum.
He was accompanied by his parents and this made me so proud to see. It’s great to see African parents supporting their child as s/he pursues their passions. All in all, a great event!
All pictures courtesy of the fabulous Mr Bayo Oyekan:
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