June 12, 2009

Mr. Jeje, Seyi Sodimu returns

Nigerian born-US-based artiste, Seyi Sodimu is back in the country. Mr. Jeje, as he’s fondly called, is working on his latest album, Africa Soul, which he plans to release in Nigeria soon.

Last Sunday, the singer, who launched into the international music scene was on location in Lagos to shoot the video of ‘ Boys Will Be Boys’, one of the songs in his new work. Directed by Clarence Peters, with producer ID Cabassa and Cobhams in the production team, the video featured notable Nigerian celebrities.

“I’ve done a lot of songs about ladies, but in all my collections, I don’t have any about men.

So, this time around, I’ve decided to do a track that will celebrate men. The audio is ready.

I’m only here to shoot the video,” he said. The video, according to Sodimu, will also feature his 12 years old daughter, Simisola, who accidentally got involved in the recording of the track in the US.

“She wasn’t initially part of the recording, but situation brought her in. We were supposed to record the song in the studio but my back up singer was no where to be found; by then, I had already paid the studio fee.

It was while we were waiting for my back up that my daughter offered to take her role. I wasn’t comfortable with the idea, but the studio engineer resolved to give her a trial. By the time she finished, I had to call my backup singer not to worry coming.”

On the choice of Lagos location for the video, Sodimu explained that, “Nigeria has become more conducive for music recordings; things have moved on. So, it’s normal that I come home for the video.”

Though no exact day has been fixed for the release of the 10-track work, there are indications that the album release would be a bang.

“I’ve been away from music for sometime now. So, for this work to make impact, I need a big launch to tell people that Seyi is back. We are also planning a music tour of major cities in Nigeria with top Nigerian artistes on the bill.

Though based in the U.S, Seyi has amassed huge fans based in Nigeria where he has done numerous live performances; both young and old have embraced his music.