Toronto people, this month catch former Ghana-based ace guitarist and mouth organ magician Kunle in Owen Sound. He’s also unplugging gigs in two music series nights in the big city!
After a recent trip to Jamaica, the Nigeria-born artist promises nothing but raw class in the music field he is pursuing.
Let’s go back a few months in time and reflect on Kunle‘s New Year’s resolutions which echo his genuine ambition and plan. For Kunle, looking ahead is more about your attitude, perspective and values. That’s the theme of one of his fan-favourite songs, But A Dream. It’s the classic nursery rhyme “Row Row Your Boat” reworked with added Travis Picking and Middle Eastern sounds. As a kid, Kunle used to march into class, single file with the other students, chanting row, row, row your boat, gently down the steam…It wasn’t until adulthood that the meaning started to sink in.
Kunle left Ghana a little over a year ago today to start a new journey in Canada. It has been an amazing year of songwriting, performances, new fans and lots and lots of learning.
“I’ve been blessed and I am so grateful for everything that has happened so far,” says Kunle.
Within this year, Kunle has played in cafes and restaurants across Ontario, Mariposa Folk Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and Hard Rock Cafe. He’s played live on the radio and even opened for Shaggy. His song, My Little Fingers was selected by Folk Music Ontario’s Songs of the Heart competition. Not to mention that he finished his first EP, titled ‘Ami n Rele’.
But the operative word in what Kunle said is ‘so far’. He’s looking forward. He is focused on what his second year in Canada may bring…