Ugandan born Joel Sebunjo discovered his love for music at a very early age. With his parents being medical doctors he was not expected to take the path of becoming a professional and internationally acclaimed musician. Still it was through his father, who is a passionate traveller, that Joel got introduced to the music that would leave deep footprints in his own musical style – West African folk music.
Already at the age of 15 he played the drums & traditional harps in local bands such as Baxmba Waves; later on he also played with Percussion Discussion Africa. His passion for music drew him out of Uganda and into West Africa – to Senegal – where he spent one year meeting the most well known West African musicians like Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita , Jali Alagi Mbye and Toumani Diabate.
Ever since he got introduced to West African music his spiritual home has been West Africa. To him, this music is spiritual and full of energy played by most gifted people.
At this stage Joel is most known for playing the kora, a traditional West African instrument, which he fuses with modern Ugandan music.
Joel is currently working on three different projects. The first one he called World Music for the People – a project with which he wants to create a bond between traditional African music and Ugandan Urban/Pop music. This project will feature 8 Ugandan artists, among them Jamal and Good Life.
Inspiration is the name of his second project for which he gets support from different international agencies. On this album he will work together with African artists that have inspired him on his way – most recently he has been to Zanzibar for a collaboration.
Thirdly, he is working on his 3rd own album which will be released in March 2012.
Thus, he goes one step further towards his vision of putting African music on the world stage and forming the next generation of internationally acclaimed African musicians.
Three questions to the artist
Favourite Artist in Uganda: Samite Mulondo
Place to be: Dakar (Senegal)
Favorite Book: Africa by Richard Dowden