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My music style is rooted in African culture – CEF

By Fehintola Adewale, Abuja
03 October 2022   |   7:54 am
A Nigerian-born singer, song writer and multi instrumentalist, CEF, recently hosted journalists to the listening session of one of his albums. The contemporary, prolific live musician, presented an album with seven tracks titled 'Jide Ofor'. While six of the tracks were rendered in Igbo, one is titled 'Animal Farm' was rendered in English. CEF leads…

CEF speaks during the listening party. Photo: Fehintola Adewale.

A Nigerian-born singer, song writer and multi instrumentalist, CEF, recently hosted journalists to the listening session of one of his albums.

The contemporary, prolific live musician, presented an album with seven tracks titled ‘Jide Ofor’.

While six of the tracks were rendered in Igbo, one is titled ‘Animal Farm’ was rendered in English.

CEF leads a musical group known as Genti. According to him, the name of the group is associated with their peculiar brand of music.

The artist stated that he makes “Genti music”, which he said is a fusion of different styles deeply rooted in Igbo native sounds, infused with ogene instruments to produce highlife music.

He said: “My kind of music has been heralding the beauty of African music and culture as it is a fiction of different ideas and different energies coming together.

“Genti is everybody – the musicians, the producers, drummers and every member of the crew.”

The Genti musician said that the Jide Ofor project touches on the themes of spirituality, love, society, and responsibilities.

“We have seven recordings on the project, which speak about the societal realities in Nigeria and Africa.”

No doubt, every track is a beauty, appealing to the listener and evoking deep feelings. The songs thrill with the culturally unique style of the artist’s music genre.

Speaking on his album’s technique and style, CEF stated that he is a versatile artist who is currently exploring the Igbo musical sound.

“We are exploring the Igbo sounds; the rhythmic styles are taken from the ogene sounds and highlife, the melodies and lyrics are all of different elements,” he stated.