A Nigerian innovator, artist, singer, songwriter and musician - Keziah Jones will arrive in Kigali on Sunday, September 25th 2016.
Discovered playing music on the Parisian metro in early 1990, Keziah Jones embarked on what has already been a prolific and successful global career as a true original on the contemporary popular music landscape.
Although a black man with a guitar was a common sight in the rock-pop world, think Ben Harper, Little Richard, Prince, Lenny Kravitz and Jimmy Hendrix, as a talent born and raised on the continent, Jones, was and is a son of Africa. In his typically unorthodox way of doing things, Keziah has managed to reach heights of influence in the rock-pop scene rarely reached by other Africans.
Blufunk is his trademark music style aesthetic which is a percussive and unique way of strumming the guitar infused with a fusion of blues and funk. He counts music luminaries Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Jimmy Hendrix and John Coltrane as his main influence and inspiration.
With a career spanning over nearly 3 decades, 7-full length albums, countless singles and memorable appearances on some of the most prestigious stages and festival across the world, not to mention unique collaborations with the likes of Marcus Miller, Lenny Kravitz, The Rolling Stones, Amadou & Myriam, Blitz The Ambassador, The Roots, Patrice, Ayo, Nneka, Ben Oncle Soul and Asa to name just a few. KJ is also an inventor, multi media artist and educator.
Constantly challenging himself to push the boundaries of creativity & innovation further, around 2008 KJ partnered with LAG Guitar, a leading instrument manufacturing company, to create a special guitar model specifically adapted to his energetic style - the RUGGED1 was born - watch Keziah explaining his creation: http://goo.gl/nnQt4a
The Nigerian musician will perform his trademark BLUFUNK music style in a solo performance at a secret location in Kigali.