It’s been a while since I raved about Ayetoro’s The Afrobeat Chronicles Vol. I (The Jazz Side Of Afrobeat). And even though the album was recorded in 2003 it’s still fresh and fans of jazzy Afrobeat (or afrobeaty Jazz) should check it out. The good news is that Vol II will soon be with us (early July 2006). So here’s your chance to learn a little bit more about the man behind Ayetoro, Funsho Ogundipe, in his jazz-not-jazz interview.
Q: You’ve started quite late in your life with playing musical instruments. In fact you’ve never played the piano before you were seventeen. Please tell me how music have changed your live. Was there a certain situtation or moment when it just made click and you know music is your calling?
Funsho Ogundipe: Music has always been there. To me it was only natural.
Q: Where do you see your progress as a musician in the ten years with your band Ayetoro?
Funsho Ogundipe: Interesting. The journey is really the reward in itself. Meeting musicians from different countries and performing together is fantastic. Also learning how to be a band leader and adjusting to the different processes involved in playing live and recording albums in the stuidio. As a musician I cannot be still. I have to create. so the journey has been good for a man of my temprament.