Femi is a MOBO Award nominated musician who was raised in Nigeria listening to West African pioneers such as Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey. Later he discovered the legendary Charlie Parker and classic jazz albums such as Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue and it was when he became inspired by the great jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery that he decided to pursue his passion for the guitar, based around a fusion of these musical influences.
Between 1998/2001 Femi studied jazz at Middlesex University under the great educator Stuart Hall (Loose Tubes). After graduating, he was approached by UK Jazz/Hip-Hop artist Soweto Kinch to join his then brand new quartet, which went to on to win many awards including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, a BBC jazz award for Best New Group and several MOBO awards.
As an educator, Femi is a regular guitar tutor at Tech Music School, a contemporary music institute based in West London, as well as the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. He also gives master classes and seminars all over Europe and the UK as part of The Urbanator Project, a music education programme founded by violinist Michal Urbaniak (Miles Davis) and based in Poland. As a NYJO Associate he particularly helps and mentors players in NYJO London.
Femi’s slick and melodic guitar sound has seen him in demand to play beside many great musicians and artists, and across many musical genres.