ADESIJI – “The Film Maker”
Siji is a singer, songwriter, producer and filmmaker. Born in the UK to Nigerian parents, Siji spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before coming to the US to further pursue his musical ambitions. His music fuses elements of Soul, Jazz, Highlife, Afrobeat and Gospel music with traditional Yoruba rhythms drawn from his rich ancestral background. His own cultural heritage combined with the political and social movements of the age, exposed young Siji to the insurgent, politicized music of Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti, Juju king, Sunny Ade, as well as the soulful grooves of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Otis Redding. He has contributed songwriting and production talent to projects for Salif Keita, Cesaria Evora, Osunlade, Alix Alvarez and Wunmi. His critically acclaimed musical works, among them; God-given (BBE 2004) and AdeSIJI (IVY 2008), have found appreciative audiences worldwide and continue to garner praise.
In a bid to further broaden his creative vision, Siji has taken to directing and producing video’s and documentaries to help bring his musical compositions to life and to share part of his cultural history with a wider audience. His bold and visually arresting videos have appeared on a number of major networks including MTV, BBC, VH1, BET and many others. His most recent and critically acclaimed video, Ijo, was shot in Lagos and showcases several of the popular dance trends in Nigeria today. Elder’s Corner is his documentary feature debut.
ADE BANTU – “The Co-producer”
Ade Bantu is a Nigerian-German music and film producer, recording artist and activist. He was awarded the Kora Award (the Pan African equivalent of the Grammy) in 2005 and is the founder of the Afro German NGO & Musical collective, Brothers Keepers .
Ade Bantu has been conducting music, rap and spoken word workshops for over 15 years. His aim is to help youths and young adults discover their full creative potential and empower them through music. He has directed and numerous hip hop musicals and partaken in intercultural exchange programmes with Goethe Institute and the German ministry of foreign affairs, giving concerts and music workshops in Ghana, Japan, Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria
His most recent project, “Born Troway” is a music-dance-theatre based documentary on human & environmental waste management in Nigeria.
ABBY OGUNSANYA – “Co-Producer”
Abby is a film and theatre buff, avid reader and lover of all genres of music. A marketing consultant by profession, Abby has been running her own company Purple PR for nearly ten years consulting for some of the biggest companies in Nigeria and abroad. She returned ‘back to base’ in Nigeria having spent the best part of two decades studying and working in the UK.
Abby is camera shy and can often be found lurking behind Siji on the two documentary projects they are currently working on together in her role as Co-Producer.