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Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band


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Beautiful Nubia (given names: Segun Akinlolu) is Nigeria’s foremost contemporary folk and roots musician. The poet, songwriter and bandleader has been described by the Nigerian press as “One of those who have come to redeem the image of traditional African music” (The Vanguard, 2001) and as “Nigeria’s King of Melody” (National Mirror, 2006).

Segun Akinlolu was born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1968 and started writing poems and songs at an early age. He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1992 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and worked as a Vet Doctor in Nigeria for about 8 years before becoming a full-time artist. He also has a post-graduate diploma from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. His songs, written in Yoruba and English, are built on rich folkloric traditions and native wisdom but the message is universal in thrust and theme. The music speaks for the voiceless and champions the dream of a balanced society where individuals are truly free. It preaches love and tolerance but also urges people to stand and defend their rights when trampled upon.

Beautiful Nubia has shared his music with audiences across Nigeria, other parts of Africa, Europe and North America. The music has garnered excellent reviews in leading African/world music publications. It has been nominated for music awards and topped international/world charts on community, grassroots and campus radio stations around the world. The 2002 album Jangbalajugbu made him a household name in Nigeria has sold in excess of a million copies.

Keere (2014); Oriojori-Eternal Spirits (2012); Sun No Dey Sleep (2011); Irinajo (2009); Kilòkilò (2007); Fere (2006); Awilele (2004); Jangbalajugbu (2002); Voice From Heaven (1999); Seven Lifes (1997)

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