PROFESOR IYOHA & FROMDIROOTS BAND
WHO’S PROFESOR IYOHA & FROMDIROOTS BAND?
Professor Iyoha, born in Nigeria in 1973 as Prince Kennedy Iyoha, is a Reggae musician based in Spain. His passion for classics rock, soul and traditional folk music, influenced his career, and has been participating since age 13 in several projects, developing his own style when he recorded his first album entitled “From di blue”.Profesor Iyoha, moved to Spain in 1998, because of the political instability in his country and exiled in the capital of Asturias. He began working as a welding and metal fabrication in the Ria of Aviles shipyard. An accident at work forced him to abandon the activity and started his own entrepreneur activities, managing his own company Ebuny Communications S.L, and also help establish the organisation, African Community resident in Spain in 2003. The innate musical quality of the artist and his desire to express himself through melody and rhythm inspired him to resume his musical activity with the album ‘Goodmorning África’ in 2010; with African rhythms, bringing into reality his musical project, after a hard period of adaptation and socio-cultural activity. Integrating both on stage, singing and dancing themes of love, justice, peace and solidarity.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE MUSIC SCENE AND PUT TOGETHER THIS BAND?
Before adventuring into the spectacular word of the music industry, i tried contacting EMI Music Spain, hence i had contract with EMI Nigeria. however i was informed they cant involve in my relations with Emi Nigeria. Then i tried joining some local bands after work, with the objective to try and learn the Spanish guitar, later i enrolled in the Oviedo
municipal music school for one season.
I started putting together “Fromdiroots” in late 2008 with the idea of creating a rock reggae band, as an expression of multiculturalism that is committed to the diverse realities of the world. The members integrated to the band have a wide curriculum with regard to training and experience in their musical career, having participated in multiple orchestras formerly. Since then, “FromdiRoots” sound has evolved, as can be seen in our latest work “Boomerang”.. We have also incorporated new members, highlighting; Juan Pla: recognised bassist in the musical scope of reggae rock, jazz. He has previously played with important musicians and bands within the national and International scope. We also have saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist from Cuban, Carlos Montenegro. Who is an expert interpreter of these instruments, He brings along his touch of distinction.
The hallmark of FromdiRoots Band is clearly expressed through commitments to social and political issues around the world, That you can appreciate in our work, both in the album Good morning Africa and Boomerang.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE BAND’S NAME?
From diroots is about the Genesis of time. Though man have through evolution developed to a point, where Man practically want to bring about doom to ourselves by ourselves. Fromdiroots is trying to be a Morrow that will help us take a second look and began to work toward a world where we don’t have people with so much, and others without nothing. Most importantly that we should began to care for the atmosphere so that the coming generations will have a healthy world
WHAT ARE YOUR MUSIC INFLUENCES?
Like you know, This generation has have a hand full of great songs writers and interpreters that includes names like. Elvis, Kenny Rogers, Don Williams, Bob Marley,Micheal Jackson, Jimmy cliff, Victor Uwaifo, Jim Reeves, Manu Dibango,Alton John, 2 PAC and a host of them. Fromdiroots have drown inspirations from all the above mentioned artist, and others too.
WHAT’S YOUR METHOD AT THE TIME OF WRITING A SONG?
Profesor Iyoha method of writing is First acknowledge that music is a universal energy that connects us regardless of language, with an amazing ability to influence our moods. i try to write songs that can calm, reassure, raises or shake the spirit. I also try to write in as many language as to have a wide representation of the universal sound that characterises my music, connecting to those who listen, directly with the heart and with the fundamental things of life.
BOOMERANG. HOW IT HAS BEEN THE RECORDING AND WRITING PROCESS? HOW YOU GUYS CAME OUT WITH THE ALBUM’S TITLE?
After the 2011 season that ends in November, we dicaded to record a new album, so we went on a break, with a schedule to bewgin studio recording in Januery.
Meanwhile. I left town to wrote the lyrics of”Boomerang”,with the aspiration and a desire to sow the sounds without limits or borders. Extending happiness and love for music to connect with everyone and reaches everyone.
SO YOU GUYS ARE PLANNING TO HIT THE ROAD?
Our promotional tour is kicking off on the 31st of January. In Galicia northern Spain through four province. later Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, etc.and we are on plane to play in the United Kingdom, France,Holland, Belgica, etc,finally we hope to visit Angola, Mozambique, Senegal and Nigeria in 2013.
WHAT’S THE MESSAGE YOU WANT TO SPREAD WITH YOUR MUSIC?
Boomerang and Good morning Africa, carry a massege of perseverance and struggle aganst social injustice all over the world, especially in Africa, and also a stimulus and incentive to confirm that everything one dreams, can be archived.
WHAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FUNNIEST MOMENTS YOU HAVE BEEN OR TOOK PART WHILE TOURING?
After our second day of Profesor Iyoha & Fromdiroots tour of Africa in 2008, Prince Kennedy was sitting on the beach, viewing the cost line of Dakar Than he was approached by some group of journalist for an interview. One of the journalist asked. Him to explain what he means and to whom one of his tracks Black man was directed to.
Its answer was classic Prince Kennedy “It don’t really matter”. To everyone that can appreciate my music. The other writers paused with a perplexed look and ask him to explain. Prince Kennedy. Music is supposed to be an instrument to reaching and advocating on behalf of the people. But Africans and their leader seldom learn from our lyrics, But it really don’t matter, the beats comes from the minds and when we have great reception, we shall refer to it as the booger booger President.
WHERE CAN WE FIND MORE ABOUT YOUR MUSIC?
Right now our music is in major store in Spain, and in Itunes, Reverb Nation, and major Internet store.
DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE MOVING ON THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
Our musical quality and our desire to express ourselves through melody and rhythm is already achieved and on the right part. we look forward to gradually exploring available possibilities for our work to reach the table of potential lovers and fans of our type of music, and most importantly to get support from major events managers that will help bring us close to our fans.
Let me use this medium to thank you all for the time. and that we look forward to playing life in your area of influence someday.