This evening, international award-winning songwriter, producer and multiple instrumentalist, Adeniji Heavywind and friends will be performing live at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos. The show which kicks off at 7pm is designed to raise funds for people living with cancer and sensitize the public. Adeniji spoke to LANRE ODUKOYA about his career, project and enterprise
Why has it taken you this long to return to Nigeria?
Well, I started my musical career a long time ago here in Nigeria about 35 years ago. I started by playing in bands here and there and then in church. I got elevated to creating my own sounds 25 years ago. So, I had to travel to produce with more experienced artistes so that I could learn the trade from some of the best minds, which I have done.
It is argued that Nigerians in music in the United States seldom excel. Did this development also make you return?
No, I think it depends on the artiste and the agents that you use. I know artistes here in Nigeria that things have not been going on well for. It also depends on your contacts and we’ve been very fortunate.
What was your early influence in music?
It was traditional jazz. I listened to a lot of Grover Washington’s songs while growing up. George Benson is another great singer I used to listen too. Back home, I listened to Victor Olaiya, Ebenezer Obey, Sunny Ade, Fela and so on. So, it’s a mixture of all kinds of sounds.
How ready are you to take on the challenges in the industry here in Nigeria?
I cannot take on the challenges alone and that’s why I have a good team. And I trust them enough. My manager is Toyin Adekoya.
Are there other enterprises you own to support your musical career?
We have Heavywind Studios which we just established here in Ilupeju-Lagos. So, we have different clients making use of our facilities now. That’s one business on the side and we intend to produce other young artistes in the industry. There are lots of things Heavywind Studios will be doing in a couple of months.
Your fundraiser concert for Breast Cancer awareness is this evening. What spurred the interest?
We’ve done this for Sickle Cell a couple of years ago and we feel we should just extend the tentacle to another area of need. That was how we traveled to Ibadan to meet the Nigerian president of the Breast Cancer Awareness Association. She told us things she needed and we started developing means to intervene. We feel we must always give back to our society and this is our token.
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