OLUFEMI SANNI AKA FEMI SMART
Interesting fact: Popularly known as ‘Smart’ because of his phenomenal retentive memory and ability to learn any music very quickly. Widely known for his distinctive guitar playing on ‘Oruka’ – the timeless track by Sunny Neji.
Other instruments: Drums, Bass, Keyboards
Musical background: Answered an audition call at his local apostolic church asking for people who wanted to learn music. Learned to play the drums before moving on playing bass because there were too many drummers. Later moved to playing the guitar. Church performances soon led to calls to play with Juju artists such as Shina Peters and Dele Taiwo.
What did his parents think? His parents snapped his first guitar in half! -They didn’t want him to play music and urged him to concentrate on his education instead. If he snuck out of the house to play gigs, his father would lock him out of the house. Both parents eventually softened when they began to see him appear on television shows performing with well-known artists.
Favourite genre: Jazz
Favourite guitarist: Norman Brown (Smooth Jazz artist)
Other information: Teaches guitar and performs with his own band called ‘The Executives’ – for bookings, contact email@example.com or Tel: 0705-6966344