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The first Nigerian to win grammy award,is a percussionist and recording artist, primary in the traditional African Music and world music. He skilled for playing a different varieties of instrument.
He goes by the stage name SIKIRU ADEPOJU born in 10 November 1950 (69). ADEPOJU hail from a musical background, from Eruwa local government in Oyo state Nigeria. He was taught how to play drum by his father CHIEF AYANLEKE ADEPOJU, while still in his teens, SIKIRU toured and recorded several albums
In 1985,ADEPOJU went to American to play with O.J. Ekemode’s Nigerian All- stars,and three months later met Babatunde olatunji
He became part of Olatunji’s Drums of passion,and through met Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
Since then he has frequently been a guest percussionist during Hart and Bill Kreutzmann’s “Rhythm Devil’s” segment of Grateful Dead concerts,and played talking drum with Mickey Hart’s group Bembe Orisha, which toured in 2001.
He has recorded albums with many artist like Carlos Santana,Stevie Wonder, Zakir Hussain, Chief Ebenezer Obey,Bola Abimbola,The String Cheese Incident,The Nigerian All Stars and many other Artists
He also lead groups of his own,including The Honeymakers,Afrika Heartbeat, and SIKIRU ADEPOJU & Heart Beat.
He was part of Mickey Hart’s group planet Drum, Whose title album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary world music Album in 1991,He was also part of Mickey Hart’s ok latest group global Drum project,whose title album won the Grammy Awards In los Angeles 8 February 2009
SIKIRU ADEPOJU is the first Nigerian to win Grammy Award