Femi Leye


Born in the 1980s to Nigerian parents, Oluwafemi Ogunleye was undoubtedly made for the arts he would soon call his own. The musician, whose Yoruba stage name translates to Love Festival, admits: “Music has always been in my bloodstream.”

As a kid, he made instruments out of anything; converting his family’s eating bowls to a unique drums set, and his father’s cane to drumsticks.

“He would always buy another one and beat me,” Femi says jokingly about his father, a fellow lover of music. Both men were fans of the great Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obe, three African legends who paved the way for contemporary Afrobeats and African jazz.

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