BY OSA AMADI
Sunbo and Kenny Fasipe, like Tunde and Wumi Obe, are two of a kind. Unlike Tunde and Wumi, however, Kenny and Sunbo’s musical footsteps are printed both on the popular and academic music. The man is a multi-instrumentalist, musicologist, composer, music director and adroit music producer.
The woman is a highly gifted soprano soloist, composer and worship leader. Kenny founded and led the Young Stars Band of Comprehensive High School Ayetoro in the 70s and the Survival Band of the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1986 which later became the O.A.U. band in 1990. The bass guitar is the musical instrument for which Kenny is best known. In 1991, at OAU, as an undergraduate, he won the Best Bassist Award in Nigeria.
A Bachelors of Arts degree holder in Music, Kenny has trained many choirs, groups and musicians around the world. He has also produced successful popular artists among who are King Sunny Ade, Dr Bola Are, Jumoke Dada, and others. Kenny served as music director and instructor at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikeja, Ladipo Oluwole. Prior to that, he was an instructor at the National Baptist Music Workshop in Nigeria for many years.
In January 1996, Kenny and Sunbo, a HND graduate of the Polytechnic Ibadan, got married and are blessed with lovely children. Sunbo featured as a soloist in many concerts and oratorios with the Nightingale Choral Voices founded and led by Reverend Yemi Akinpelu. She also worked as a backup vocal for many great musicians such as Dr. Bola Are, Rev. Father Ilesanmi, Jumoke Dada, and others. Kenny worked with his brother, Rev. Sola Fasipe of SBTS Louisville, USA, to improve the standard of church music by teaching and writing church music, training band leaders, instrumentalists, recording, and performances.
In year 2000, they started Glory Music, a music production company in Lagos, Nigeria, with a standard recording studio. Now, they are directors in Glory Sound Solution, a complete sound analyzing and Reinforcement Company. Presently, Sunbo and Kenny have a CD in the market titled Spiritual Songs 1 marketed by Tune Core and available at Amazon and other music stores all over the world.
The duo look up to Don Moen as mentor. “We have been touched by his ministrations, manners and methods,” say Kenny and Sunbo. “His personality and humility are impressive. We have also been blessed by Bill and Gloria Gaither’s ministry.” The ministry aspect of Kenny and Sunbo’s music are not for commercial purposes. That’s why they are not always moved by peoples’ appraisals after a ministration, so long as people are blessed by that ministration. They advise gospel artistes and other ministers to stay focused and not to be distracted or carried away by peoples’ praises. “Money is not the only reason for your calling. Play your roles faithfully and money will come. Sunbo and Kenny have a vision to make the kingdom of this world the “kingdom of our God and of His Christ. We are determined to go to all nations, beaming the light of the gospel, teaching and leading the people of God in quality worship and spiritual songs as well as helping them develop lifestyles of worship.”