RENOWNED percussionist, Lekan Babalola, and award-winning film maker, Biyi Bandele, have shown no signs of slowing down their acts as they penned new deals with wave-making talent agency, Temple Management Company.
The two-time Grammy award-winning musician as well as the Half of A Yellow Sun filmmaker signed their deals separately in London where they are both based.
Widely travelled Lekan Babalola, who has been described as a “wizardly percussionist” by The Washington Post, is one of Nigeria’s biggest music exports.
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He has worked with many renowned acts such as the late Prince, Cassandra Wilson, Ernest Ranglin, Branford Marsalis, African Jazz All Stars, Roy Ayers, David Byrne, Damon Albarn and Tony Allen.
Since it set up shop in March, last year, the Temple Management Company has positioned itself as one of the foremost players operating in the creative sector in Nigeria and Africa.
Mr. Idris Olorunnimbe, CEO/ Founder, noted that Temple Management Company will work with Lekan Babalola and Biyi Bandele to put Nigeria on the map of the international jazz and film circuit respectively. While signing the deal, Babalola said, he had spent many years looking for an indigenous company that shared his values.
On his own, Biyi Bandele described his new deal with TMC as a strategic synergy that will raise the bar in the African creative sector. “I have been looking for representation not only for my film work but also to engage in commercial opportunities across Africa.
Temple is the perfect fit and I believe we can export world class entertainment from the continent to the rest of the world,” he added.