Keziah Jones & Band

Rossstall Kaserne Basel
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Monday, 06 November

Olufemi Sanyaolu aka Keziah Jones was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. At age 8, he left Nigeria to go to school in England at Millfield, a public school in North London. Jones says, "I had to find an escape from it all, and that was music!" At age 13, he discovered the old school piano and taught himself how to play and write songs. Three years later, he picked up the guitar and began performing on the streets, in clubs, and on the Underground in London as a busker, constantly dodging the police.
Shuttling between London and Paris and always accompanied by his guitar, he earned a reputation as a unique musician and charismatic performer with a distinctive "hard funk" style. In 1992 he released his debut album "Blufunk Is a Fact" with the first single and today's classic "Rhythm Is Love," which became a worldwide hit. He has since released six studio albums that spawned more hits, including "Where Is Life," "A Million Miles From Home," "Beautiful Emilie," "Femiliarise," "Kpafuca," and "1973." He has cited Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, and Jimi Hendrix as important musical influences. His now legendary sound has been described as "blufunk," based on a blend of punk-funk attitude and Yoruba rhythms that he has evolved over the years. A true live artist, Jones is constantly performing at shows and festivals around the world.
Tickets are CHF 49.90 for adults and CHF 44.30 for students and holders of the Colourkey Card.


Rossstall, Kaserne Basel
Klybeckstrasse 1b
4057 Basel

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