|AFROFUSION PAR EXCELLENCE ....(just read on!)
SALVADOR ŞANGÓ's music (pronounced Shongó) is a musical species that represents today’s world
reality that people and cultures are no longer as far apart as they used to be. This is a group of
people who have digested the big truth that WE ARE ALL ONE. The spirit of the music is so powerful
that it overshadows the fact that the members come from places as far apart as Europe and Africa.
They handle Salsa/Afrocuban music, Flamenco and Latin Jazz with the same ease with which they
handle West African rhythms, Afrobeat, Yoruba folklore, Juju music. However, that’s not the result
of academic training / technical ability alone - probably not at all - but rather the result of being
able to identify completely and deeply with what they do. In fact, it is hard sometimes to draw the
dividing line between these styles when they play. Their music employs Yoruba poly-rhythms and
folklore as its foundation but the final result surpasses by far the West African borders: it passes
through Latin America for its salsa/afrocuban ingredients, North America for its jazz/blues
influences, Western Europe for classical/rock and the Mediterranean for flamenco/arabesque,
finally returning to the founder's Ithaca: Greece. Yet, it remains unmistakenly African.
SOTIRIS PAPADOPOULOS, composition, guitar, vocals, hand percussion, midi programming. He was born in Volos, Greece. He is a physicist who turned to
musician. He holds a PhD in Atomic Physics from Oxford having studied in Germany, England and USA but he left the academic and research world for the
great love of his life: music. He showed an interest in music at a comparatively late age, when at 17, he started singing rock for his first local band, Eternal
Wealth. After highschool he left Greece for Germany to study Physics. There, he picked up the guitar and started imitating Jimi Hendrix and other rock guitar
greats. During his years in Germany he developed a passion for Latin and Spanish music and played with various local bands including a commercial one that
made waves in the local entertainment scene, CARIBAO.
In 1980 he travelled to Nigeria where he played with Fela Kuti and where he developed a keen interest in West African rhythms. In the same year he became
friends with guitarist Paul Shigihara (Charlie Mariano, Joe Zawinul, Jon Lord, WDR big band) who woke him up to the reality of serious self study by giving him
tons of books which self study he started earnestly when he moved to England for further academic studies.
While in the US (for his doctoral studies in Physics) he participated both as a student and as a teacher for nearly three years in one of New York's most
renowned jazz seminars, Jazzmobile in Harlem. Yet, Sotiris is essentially self-taught. That's the case both for his instrument, the guitar, and for music theory
(harmony, composition, arrangement). For the sake of acquiring this knowledge he has spent countless nights with the sole company of his guitar, his records
and his books.
In New York he got the foundations of jazz as he was opportuned to play with various groups and with stars of this genre like Billy Taylor, Frank Foster (Duke
Ellington Orchestra), The Jazzmobile Ensemble and Tito Puente. In 1989, while still an academician, he performed with Dizzy Gillespie during the latter's
Nigeria tour. As mentioned above, after his studies and various jobs in Europe and Asia, the dream of music brought him to live in Africa when he came to
Nigeria in 1988. In the years that followed he played with numerous bands and local stars as a leader and as a sideman/guest as well as his well known band,
SPICE. In 2004 he formed SOTIRIS which later became SALVADOR ŞANGƠ, his artistic pseudonym.
During all these years Sotiris has been passing his musical knowledge to nearly two generations of Nigerian musicians, always FOR FREE, for he firmly believes
that this knowledge is God's gift and can't be paid for.
JACOB EFETURI, drums, hand percussion, backing vocals. He was born in Delta State of Nigeria. Having been given a sound prinmary and secondary
education, Sunny found his true calling in music in July 2000 when he started playing the drums in a church. Since then he has played as a drummer in the
bands of various churches, such as Powerlink Chapel and Liberty Square. While earning his living from churches , he has not neglected the secular music scene
and he has played for a varietuy of solo artists and bands, such as K.C Fresh, Papa Cash, Dabyna Abraham, Fezal Jazz band and El Jazz. As of recent, he has
also become active in teaching drums to young kids. He has been SALVADOR ŞANGƠ 's drummer since 2013.
ISAIAH OLUWAREMILEKUN OBISAN, congas, bongos, hand percussion. He was born in 1987 in Lagos and was brought up at Ifako Gbagada Lagos in a
christian home. He has been in love with music since childhood . He received his primary and secondary education Lagos. He started playing the percussion
since 1995 at the celestial church and later attented Moshood Abiola Polythenic Abeokuta, having obtained a degree in mass communication . However, music
won him over He has studied and later performed with renowned Nigerian percussionsit Samson Olawale. He has played with various bands in Nigeria such
as Akin Ajayi, Bright Gain, Ame & Agogo and in October 2014 he joined SALVADOR ŞANGƠ as their conga player.
OLUSHEGUN DAVID ADESHOLA, timbales/bongos, percussion, vocals. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His interest in music became serious when, after high
school, he went to Peter King’s College of Music in Badagry to learn more about general musicianship. He has worked with Orlando Owoh, a popular highlife
musician in Nigeria, and he is a member of Davidic Ministry where they blend gospel with jazz. He joined SALVADOR ŞANGƠ in 2004 as a founding member.
He also plays drums.. His objective is to spread his music all over the world through live shows, international tours and CD / DVD sales.
EMMANUEL AKINLOYE, bass, backing vocals. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He grew up in a house where his mother , a soprano singer, also plays the
recorder, So, it was not a surprise to his parents when he entered the world of music starting off with the recorder in 2003 and the electric bass in 2005. He
would later proceed to 3face music school, iju, Lagos, where he got a diploma in music practical and theory on the electric bass guitar. Being greatly influenced
by his amazing teacher, late Stephen Osadolo, Emmanuel began to study the classical guitar, further exploring the intriguing world of harmony.
While at this, Emmanuel put in for the musical society of Nigeria/Associated Board Of Royal Society Of London Certificate grade four theory exams in which
he earned distinctions. Emmanuel's playing experience cuts across several festivals with artistes like: Afro-crooner, Bodun and the black beat; Lucky Okri;
Osagie and the blackfist band. He also had several concerts with artistes like: Nicholas[project fame season two]; Step-Up foundation; Herald of victory;
Renaissance crew; and The King's Worshipers[TKW]. He also gives private lessons on bass guitar and the Classical guitar in tandem with his pursuit of a
MUSON higher grade certificate. He joined SALVADOR ŞANGƠ in December 2014.
COPYRIGHT: 2005-17 SOTIRIS PAPADOPOULOS
The SALVADOR ŞANGÓ orchestra is the brainchild of Sotiris Papadopoulos, a Greek who has been
living and working outside Greece for the most part of his life. The band's name which, as it
happens, is also Sotiris's artistic pseudonym, is not accidental: SALVADOR is the translation of
Sotiris (saviour) in Spanish, whereas ŞANGÓ is the god of lightning, the protector of justice and
the weak in the Yoruba pantheon, one of the most populous tribes in West Africa with a particular
presence in music, dance and the arts in general.
Circumstances brought the Greek to the land of the Yoruba when he came to Nigeria for the first
time in 1980 to play with Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the indisputable Afrobeat king. The same destiny
brought him back -through UNESCO- eight years later to head the Physics Department of a
Nigerian University, since this is what he has studied, having come from the research elite of
Oxford. This position, however, could not keep Sotiris for a long time and after a series of personal
and professional pursuits he returned to what he really loves, in spite of the fact that this could
barely cover him existentially: THE MUSIC. During this phase Sotiris formed his well known jazz
quartet, SPICE, and has performed with numerous Nigerian artists including Femi Kuti, Orlando
Julius, Victor Waifo and T-Mac, just to mention a few.
The musical result of these and other experiences not mentioned here is the SALVADOR ŞANGÓ
orchestra which was created in 2004 with the broader aim of presenting to the international
audience a bridging through music of the cultural and racial gap which still reigns supreme in
today's world of "globalization". This is done, however, without sacrificing the individuality and
particularities as much of the orchestra members as of the musical style itself.
The orchestra's works comprise vocal tunes sung in Yoruba, Spanish, English, Greek, as well as
instrumentals. One could say without reservation that SALVADOR ŞANGÓ are hierophants of world
music for, along with the musical message passed to their audiences, another one, more ethereal
and spiritual is being passed which cannot be described by words but is felt through the wide
spectrum of emotions and sentiments their music causes: joy and sadness, nostalgia, exaltation,
tranquility and introspection. Yet, two of these are always absent: fear and anger. The other,
particularly African element in their music is the constant provocation to dance. It is very rare to
see people sitting down during a SALVADOR ŞANGÓ concert.
Since 2004 they have performed extensively in West Africa (French Cultural Centre Lagos and
Cotonou, Goethe Institut Lagos, Motherlan', MUSON, etc) and Europe and made waves in Greece
in June 2006 having played on various stages of the prestigious European Music Festival as well as
the Samothraki Ethnic Festival in July 2007 entertaining thousands of people at a time. In
February 2008 they became semifinalists in the International Songwriting Competition (top 300
out of 10,000). In June 2009 they performed at Afro-Euro Festival and in July 2009 at the Mama
Afrika Festival in Germany. Their debut CD, entitled “The Advice of Şangó”, was released in
November 2009 on ŞANGÓ RECORDS and is distributed worldwide through iTunes, Amazon and
CDBaby, amongst many digital portals. It was followed by "Cuando se caen las mascaras" in 2012
on the same label and with the same distribution channels. Since then, they have performed at
several Nigerian and international festivals, produced several videos and are currently in the
process of making their new album.
With the exception of their band leader, all other members have had the church as their training /
performance ground. Yet, they all share two things: their unending love for MUSIC and the grand
dream of propagating their spiritual and musical message all over the world.
ODEWUNMI ELIJAH EARLJAZZ, piano, keyboards. Earljazz started music at high school and for the about two decades, has been practising and playing the
piano, guitars and drums, working with many studios, churches, schools, local and international artistes, bands and choirs, as a music
director/producer/pianist/drummer/bassist/teacher/conductor/arranger/H.O.D of music departments. Although his first degree is not in music, he is
currently studying music at post graduate levels; to partly quench his insatiable thirst for knowledge of musicology.
He plays the piano, hammond and synthesizers for Salvador Sango since early 2015.