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Seun Olota
Artist
Nigeria
Influences: African
Genres: world, afrobeat, african funk, soul, jazz
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ABOUT
Seun Olota is a composer, performing artist, and leads the ExTasI Gang Band. He has built his music niche within the context of dance, club, hymnal, choral, and therapeutic music with original compositions and orchestrations for the family of strings, percussion, brass, and wood wind instruments.

He is an art devotee and critic with the zeal for realism whilst not disregarding views from other schools of thought (absurdism, expressionism, experimentalism, surrealism, and impressionism in the world of ISMs); these views manifest in the amalgamation of his fusion flick of trado-urban music styles and sound shapes.

With exposures to music and theatrical workshops his band, The ExTaSi Gang Band is a chunk of uncommon thinkers who are also recording artistes, scholars, and directors in their own rights yet, jointly set on a phrenic and theosophic quest that stretch music beyond the threshold of aural sensibility. Albums to his credit include: Home Made (2006), Home Brew (2013), and Free Spot Show-Live (2015) and Why Worry (2018).

He has performed in festivals, corporate events and informal functions and has featured in movies and stage drama projects knowing the right repertoire that fits different occasions. His futuristic approach to music has led to various studio and performance experiments with griots, minstrels, electronic music makers and Disc-Jockeys (D-Jays) on a journey of fusion of sound elements whose approach explores the possibilities of nouvelle direction and the interpretation of the African experience in relation to the existential phenomenon of human existence.

Olota is involved in advocacy and sensitization initiatives amongst which are surrogate schemes, campaign projects, and awareness programs for and with agencies on breast-feeding, immunization, down-syndrome, polity, and gender related issues. He hosts a weekly live music show (The Free Spot Show) at The Freedom Park Lagos-Island in Nigeria that features guest acts, discovers talents, and has formed a hub for the expression of conscious and alternative music.

Other advocacy projects dear to his heart that have been executed include: walk, concerts, and fund raising projects for Down syndrome and the physically challenged hence, these initiatives, have recorded milestone impacts in mobilizing and enlightening the public to better understand its collective duty to the service of care giving and support for inclusive participation in social process. He also volunteers as a music teacher and therapist at Modupe Cole Memorial Home for persons living with special physical conditions, The Down Syndrome Foundation School and Morainbow Foundation Care School.

Seun Olota professes his credo simply thus, “... I revere acculturation and cultural barter initiatives because they form the spring-board required to fortify our unity, intellectual vigor and diverse collective strength.”