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SIJI AWOYINKA

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The second born of twelve children to Nigerian émigrés in London, Siji spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before coming to the US to further pursue his musical ambitions. His own cultural heritage combined with the political and social movements of the age, exposed young Siji to the insurgent, politicized music of the Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and Juju king, Sunny Ade, as well as the soulful grooves of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Otis Redding.

After completing a Masters degree in Engineering Product Design, the self-taught piano, percussion and acoustic bass player released an EP, "Facets" followed by the single "My Lover's Embrace" on his own label IVY Records in 1996. These releases garnered much respect and admiration on the influential London underground music scene, gave Siji credibility as an artist, and eventually led to a lucrative worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. His numerous music collaborations with the likes of DJ Producers Osunlade, Alix Alvarez and Rich Medina among others, have yielded a slew of critically acclaimed hits including "Irinajo" and "Ijo".

In a bid to further broaden his creative vision, Siji has taken to directing and producing video’s and documentaries to help bring his musical compositions to life and to share part of his cultural history with a wider audience. His bold and visually arresting videos have appeared on a number of major networks including MTV, BBC, VH1, BET and many others.

Elder’s Corner, his documentary feature debut is a musical journey of rediscovery through Nigeria's colorful history as told through the lives and work of the nation's foremost and pioneering legendary musicians.

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