Samiama was born in Nigeria's Niger Delta in the town of Kalama.
He describes himself as representing a new generation of African
musicians. From his earliest years Inemo was shaped and influenced
by music. His father, a guitarist, taught him to play. At the
age of 18 he formed a professional group with a friend, the
well known Nigerian musician Majek Fashek. The group was called
Inemo travelled to Paris in the early eighties, where he played
with artists like Rido Bayone, Ray Lema
and Tony Allen. Inemo was then
signed by Mercury/Universal for his debut album Bushman
which mixed African melodies with techno, hip-hop, jungle, dub
and ambient sounds. Mercury/Universal also released his second
album Mr Bushman – Are You Remixed which included
remixes of the first album and some new tracks.
Following the huge success of both albums, Inemo was nominated
for an RFI (Radio France Industry) Music Award as Best World
Inemo has now decided to return to his roots. After three years
of composing, recording and travelling between London, Paris
and Africa, Inemo is back with a new album, Afro Funky Beats
(2006) on Black Mango Records and is based in London. The music
is mostly Afrobeat but the album also features some other West
African rhythms like hi-life, hence its title.
With this album, Inemo demonstrates that his music can reinvent
and enrich itself with new sounds, he mixes African melodies
with contemporary sounds. Inemo’s music also carries strong
messages. He wishes to make a positive change in his environment
and community through his music. A cry for
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in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. A wish to see Africa united.
A message to all Africans that, despite tribal, religious and
cultural differences, we are all children of Africa.
Inemo sings in English, Ijaw, French and Pidgin English, is
influenced by Fela Kuti, but also by Bob Marley and Prince.
Amongst other artists, he has collaborated with Tim Bran from
Dreadzone, Francis Fuster
(percussionist from Hugh Masekela’s band) and Baly Othmani,
traditional musician from the desert of Algeria.
He performs some of this music with his smaller outfit - a quartet
featuring guitar, vocals, plus double bass, piano and percussion.
In 2006 Inemo performed at numerous festivals in and around
London including RISE and Shoreditch Africa.
Listen to Inemo, undoubtedly "The New Prince of Afrobeat"!
Visit his website: Inemo
for more photos and latest news.