Nigerian Newcomer JaYa Wins Us Over With His A-Grade Jazz Fusion Debut

Nigerian Newcomer JaYa Wins Us Over With His A-Grade Jazz Fusion Debut

Published on Wed, Mar 12 2014 by Web Master

 
Asa meets Yemi Sax to profound effect on newcomer JaYa's superb debut, Alabosi (Talkative). The MUSON School of Music and Obafemi Awolowo University music department alumnus couldn't have picked a better way to introduce himself, fusing critical Yoruba folk speak tightly with elements of smooth jazz for a remarkably fresh diversion from the Afrobeats wave that a lot of Nigerian artistes have been riding hard since 2012.
 
Apart from being a multi-instrumentalist—he plays the guitar, the piano and the saxophone—JaYa's light vocals are well above average. This is how an actual musician should sound. No synthesizers, no Auto-Tune, no kidding.
 

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