Keziah Jones , born Olufemi Sanyaolu in Lagos, Nigeria on October 1, 1968, is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. He mixes blues and funk to create his own style: blufunk.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria and son of a large family from Lagos, he moved to England where he began playing the piano at the age of thirteen, before adopting the guitar three years later. It was at a Parisian café terrace that he was noticed by Philippe Cohen Solal (future founding member of the Gotan Project trio) in 1989. Widely influenced by the political and moral personality of the Nigerian musician Fela (from whom he collected the last interview in 1996 in Kalakuta>), by the play of Jimi Hendrix and Prince, he signed in 1992 the disc-manifesto Blufunk Is A Fact !, a mixture of funk and acoustic blues carried by the global success of the single Rhythm is love. The relative commercial failure of African Space Craft (1995), in which he evokes the problems of the contemporary African artist, and Liquid Sunshine (1999) take him away from the limelight, until 2003, when the publication of Black Orpheus allows him to regain the favor of the media.
In 2008, he recorded the song One of rock band U2 available on the album In The Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2, released in April. His new album, Nigerian Wood, is released on September 1 and is inaugurated by a series of surprise concerts in the metro stations of Paris. He has performed there four times as part of the RATP's Destination Music operation on 1> (Miromesnil)>, 3 (Olympiades), 4 (Montparnasse - Bienvenüe) and 6 September 2008 (Auber).
In January 2014, Released at Because Records his sixth album Captain Rugged (en) , comprising 14 original titles>.