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Sanjo out with ‘I believe’, to engineer music revolution

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Sanjo Adegoke

Sanjo Adegoke

Nigerian music has gone places and is the rave on the African continent and even beyond. However, many music experts are not too impressed. They believe Nigerian artistes can do more to lift the music to a truly international standard, especially the lyrical continent in cases where the sound is superb. This is the view of new entrant, Sanjo (real name, Sanjo Adegoke).

The new song is the singer’s first offering; it bears out his dissatisfaction with the music making the groove. It is a work so artistically realised, and many would not believe it is the effort of a newcomer. But that is the power of silent talent that abounds in the country.

Scheduled to hit the music shelves and the airwaves soon, Sanjo’s I Believe is a piece of music that will command attention any day. Apart from I Believe, other tracks in Sanjo’s belt are ‘Je ka Rele,’ ‘Till I Find you,’ ‘Free Man’ and ‘Naked Love.’

In a chat at his Ikeja, Lagos office, Sanjo, who is also a sound engineer with some Nollywood films tracks, said although he’d been reluctant to join the music fray, he felt compelled to dig in with his input at last.

“We cannot watch the rot and decay in terms of content and lyrics in the music being made now. I felt it is high time I did something to contribute my talent to clean up the system.”

The hit track, he said, “Came from one natural instinct to produce a song that posterity will applaud,” a clear difference from the kind of music on offer at the moment that almost fades with the sunset.

Although he studied Chemistry at the University of Lagos, the easily poster boy musician, horned his musical craft over the years, preparing himself for the big moment. He attended a music school in Ibadan, under the tutelage of Niran Obasa. He cut his teeth with the legendary sound engineer, Mr. Lemmy Jackson.

A pianist at Rhema Chapel Ibadan, Sanjo as a sound engineer has worked with Tuface Idibia, Jaywon, Zakky Azy and produced music poetry for Akeem Lasisi. His sound track credits for Nollywood include Married But Living Single, Unforgivable, Edge, Mufu Oloosaoko, Igba n ba and Malaika.

Also versed in the string instruments, he said: “I grew up liking music; I’m a pianist. I started as a pianist. We used to listen to BB King. I love violin, I love strings; I love to talk with my instruments. I’m a sound engineer.”

According to him, “the sound problem in Nollywood is that most of those who make music for films don’t understand music and pictures. How do you marry sound with picture? Scoring sound for film is different from just doing music.

“Most so-called sound engineers don’t have deep knowledge. You have to take into account the mood, the picture and movement. Also, producers don’t spend money on sound tracks. Issues of post-production and design are an after-thought. Time is also a factor; people are in a hurry,” he stated.

He also explained that his love and passion for music is compelling him to initiate a quiet revolution with his own work, with the hope that his own example would inspire others to follow suit and produce good sound. He condemned the use of foreign music in Nollywood music, saying it is criminal piracy and a lack of initiative.


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