Lagbaja

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Lagbaja
Birth nameBisinuade Ologunde
GenresAfrobeat
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, founder of Opatradikoncept
InstrumentsPercussion and vocals
Years active1975–present

Bisade Ologunde (in Lagos, 1960) is a Nigerian afrobeat musician, singer-songwriter and percussionist. Widely known as Lágbájá for his signature use of mask which covers his identity.[1][2] He believes in social reform through music.

Early life and career[edit]

Ologunde adopted the name Lágbájá (meaning "Jane Doe" or "John Doe"- A person whose name, identity is intentionally concealed in Yoruba) as he embarked on his career in the early 90s. His name was reflected in his choice of stage attire – a slitted textile and rubber mask adopted so that the artist represented the ‘common man’ in keeping with the carnival tradition of his Yoruba tribe. He formed his first small band in 1991 in Lagos after he had taught himself to play the saxophone. With a high quotient of percussion instruments including congas and talking drums,[3] Lagbaja's album We Before Me (IndigeDisc/PDSE), released in 2000, demanded honesty from politicians and urged brotherhood and unity. He shared lyrics of his songs with a backup singer, Ego Ihenacho, and equally plays tenor saxophone. With a firm, brawny tone akin to that of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, he emblazoned the melodies of the songs, sometimes with Ego scat-singing along.[4][5]

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • 'Ikira', 1993
  • Lagbaja, 1993
  • Cest Un African Thing, 1996
  • ME, 2000
  • WE, 2000
  • We and Me Part II, 2000
  • ABAMI, 2000
  • Africano... the mother of groove, 2005
  • Paradise, 2009
  • Sharp Sharp, 2009
  • 200 Million Mumu (The Bitter Truth), 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tunde, Okanlawon. "Nigerians celebrate Iconic Afrobeat musician, Lagbaja". PM News. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  2. ^ Mark, Jenkins. "Lagbaja takes Afropop in many different directions at Howard Theater". The Washington Post. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Artist Biography". ALLMUSIC. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  4. ^ Jon, Pareles. "POP REVIEW; Mining a Musical Diaspora, From a Yoruban Beat to Jazz". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  5. ^ Annemette, Kirkegaard (2002). Playing with Identities in Contemporary Music in Africa. pp. 32–35. ISBN 9789171064967. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  6. ^ BBC: Channel O Spirit Of Africa Music Video Awards 2006

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