Duro Ikujenyo will turn 60 on September 2 and to celebrate Bogobiri House and New Age Productions are throwing the musician a birthday with a concert on September 2 from 6pm to midnight.
To take place at Bogobiri House in Ikoyi, Ikujenyo’s latest album ‘Tribute to the Masters’ will also be launched at the event which will also have Scatter Vibration, Ire the Divine, Seun Olota, Show Boy, Lanre Edun, King Willi and P-nero perfroming.
Ikujenyo, the brain behind New Age Productions, is the founder and leader of the Age of Aquarius band.
A prince from Ijebu Mushin in Ogun State, he was born Durotimi Babatunde S.0 Ikujenyo on September 2, 1956, the fourth of seven children. He is a musician, bandleader and producer, who started singing at the age of three and became a chorister in his father’s choir and distinguished himself by winning the best singing prize three times between 1959 and 1970.
He attended various school between 1962 and 1974, St. Luke’s Primary School, Jos; St. Johns College, Jos; St. Paul’s (kufena) College, Zaria and CMS Grammar School, Lagos.
Found his career in music, after high school. Between 1974 and 1978 studied music conducted by Royal Music Board in London under the tutelage of music instructor, Kobina Crepy teacher of some of the most popular musicians in Nigeria like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Segun Bucknor, Victor Uwaifor and a host of others.
Ikujenyo sings, reads, writes and harmonises four part vocal music and plays the piano. He studied popular music that includes jazz, Afrobeat, and highlife music. Joined Fela’s Egypt 80 band in 1979 after following Fela to the famous Berlin Jazz Festival in 1978.
He formed his band in 1985 he said, based on philosophy of change in the cosmic trend that has developed human discovery space age from the age of Pisces to Aquarius. He believes through a divine experience while playing in Fela’s band in June 1981 that new age of Aquarius will move the world into the global peace, harmony and end all forms of oppression, poverty, exploitation especially in developing world.
|Ikujenyo at a recent Lagos concert Photo: |