A Nigerian-born rocker heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Fela Kuti, Keziah Jones gained popularity in England and France with singles like "Rhythm Is Love" and "Beautiful Emile." Jones gigged up a storm in Covent Garden and Portobello Road, which led to his discovery by manager Phil Pickett. One bassist (Phil "Soul" Sewell), one drummer (Richie Stevens), and many gigs later, Jones found himself with his first album, Blufunk Is a Fact!, in 1992. Several more albums ensued over the next 15 years, fixing Jones as one of the more prominent blues-rock musicians on the European music scene in the late '90s and early 2000s. He bolstered this reputation with the release of the album Black Orpheus in 2003 and a first Best of collection entitled Rhythm Is Love is 2004. 2008 saw the release of his biggest album to date, Nigerian Wood. The album spent an incredible 43 weeks on the French SNEP chart and established Jones as a leading figure of the European blues genre. ~ Margaret Reges
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