There have been debates on whether any Nigerian has won a Grammy or not. Some even argue that no Nigerian has won a Grammy. Hello reader, meet Sikiru Adepoju, the Nigerian Grammy winner.
Based on our research, we found two Nigerians who have won the Grammy Award. They are; Kevin Olusola and Sikuru Adepoju.
Although, Wikipedia did not include Kevin Olusola in their list of Nigerian Grammy nominees/winners. An In-depth research reveals that the beat boxer and member of Pentatonix on February 12, 2017, won a Grammy in the “Best Country duo/group performance” category for “Jolene” which featured Dolly Parton.
But today, our article is based on Sikiru Adepoju. The Grammy winner is a master of the talking drum and many other Yoruba percussion instruments.
Adepoju who was born in Eruwa, a town in the South-western part of Nigeria was born into a family of drummers.
At a very early age, he had perfected his drumming skills and decided to make a career out of it. In his teen years, he featured on the popular Chief Commander Ebenezar Obey’s records.
Later on, he joined a band in 1985 that made his first visit to America possible. This band was O. J. Ekemode’s Nigerian All-Stars.
This visit to America introduced him to various American bands who were intrigued at his drumming skills and the uniqueness of the instruments.
One outstanding band he worked with was Mickey Hart’s band. Since the first time they met, he had been involved in Hart’s projects, including albums and tours.
He won Grammy for the Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum and Global Drum Project albums.Writings have it that the Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, reverenced Sikiru and called him “The Mozart of the talking drum.”
Information has it that Adepoju has shared the stage with numerous renowned musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana, Ornette Coleman, Airto Moreira, Zakir Hussein, Pharaoh Sanders, Dave Schools, George Porter Jr., and many more.
According to his website, “It is his versatility, skill, good humor, and willingness to push the limits of his drumming and his music which has gained him acceptance and respect among his peers and music listeners of all tastes.”
And if you didn’t know about this before, NOW YOU KNOW.