Wunmi is a British born Nigerian singer, dancer and fashion designer. She grew up Lagos in the shadow of her uncle, the great highlife maestro and one of Nigeria’s leading musicians Victor Olaiya. AfrobeatRadio’s Wuyi Jacobs spoke with Wunmi on AfrobeatRadio New York on WBAI 99.5 FM PACIFICA Radio on Dec Saturday 12, 2009.
In the world of dance music, Wunmi is a one-off, an artist that effortlessly joins the dots between Nigeria’s Afrobeat music, New York’s house pedigree and London’s jazz, broken beat and classic street soul sounds. She worked with the band Soul II Soul, notably appearing as a dancer in the video for “Back To Life” (1989). Her debut single, “What a See (A Guy Called Gerald Mix)” was released in 1998, and her debut album A.L.A. (Africans Living Abroad) came out on the Documented record label in 2006.
Her music video was shot for the single “Crossover” and posted on Youtube. Wunmi has also had over 10 years of classic collaborations working with heavyweights like Masters At Work ( classic tracks such as Tribute to Fela Kuti “Maw Expensive Shit “), Funk jazz maestro Roy Ayers, Osunlade, UK group Bugz in the Attic their broken beat rework of Zombie (another heavy weight tribute to Fela, on the RED HOT AND RIOT ALBUM) and Truby Trio from Germany.
Original title of this content was: Ghana or Bust: Wunmi Olaiya AKA WunmiGirl
All photographs were graciously provided by Wunmi Olaiya.