African Acoustic and Electronic Dance Music from Nigerian Musician Yanju

London, UK – Yanju, an African musician based in London, UK,
released his brand new CD Iwa on September 7. The album contains 10
tracks of some really eclectic synthesis of African acoustic and electronic
dance music resulting in an edgy club dance music dubbed African techno. Yanju’s
lyrics, whose vocals are originally and poetically colored with technology, are
sung in English and Yoruba, one of the most spoken Nigerian languages. Yanju began composing music before he was twelve years old. His music career
began at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, where he joined the Phaime Band as a
back up singer and principal songwriter while studying Performing Arts. Yanju
has performed at the annual Vibrations Festival in London, featuring JJC and the
419 (2004) and Omar (2003).Yanju is currently a resident performer in Mycenae
House, Blackheath, London. His original compositions have become anthems and
favorites amongst the Mycenae house regulars.

I see myself as a musician whose music speaks and unites the consciousness
of a world audience
,” Yanju says. “It is for this reason that I have
decided to fuse African and Western music genres together. In essence my music
represents the proverbial ideal mirror we all as humans strive to achieve which
ultimately is a peaceful co existence
.”

Full of catchy tunes, where syncopated African rhythms crisscross techno beats
effortlessly, Iwa is characterized by an unusual and uncompromising
melting pot of polyrhythmic sounds and Western synthesized beats, where the two
musical cultures are amazingly respected and recognizable in such a way that one
never dominates the other. Iwa is available from Yanju’s Website:
http://www.yanjuonline.com.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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