Motherland Jam is a mix of both contemporary and classical African music from across the continent. This music is more than just a melody, it’s a message. A message spoken through the strings of the kora, the tines of the kalimba and mbira, the hide of the talking drum and djembe, the keys of the balafon and marinba, and the beads of the shekere.
I grew up in the ancient city of Ibadan, Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest metropolitan areas. As a youngster, I was immersed not only into our local lifestyle and culture, but more importantly into the soul of my country through the music that found its way into my everyday activities. Those songs conveyed our struggles, hopes, excitement, brokenness, anger and love – love for our people, our land, our country and our continent, the Motherland of all humankind.
I am a scholar, a traveler, and a nature enthusiast. After relocating to the US to continue my graduate studies, I discovered that KOPN could be a place for me to share the message of the Motherland – her beauty, wisdom, hardships, and love – through music.