Kayode Olajide fondly known as KAY is a Nigeria-born music composer,arranger,producer and multi-instrumentalist who at the on-set established a unique and fresh fusion between authentic deep rooted African rhythms (extracted from his Yoruba music culture) and Western forms, primarily jazz.The result is a powerful sound showcasing African polyrhythm and strong, lovely melodies.
His deep, intense, calm but lively personality often reflects in his compositions.Kay was raised in a culture (Yoruba,Nigeria) where traditional drums are a part of daily live and heard everywhere, all occasions.He grew into an effective school forum percussionist, then into a college jazz band trap drummer. He then learned to play the flute and saxophones, influenced at that time by the likes of Hubert Laws, Dave Valentine, Grover Washington Jr., and later by the music of Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Randy Weston, Miles, Yusef Lateef and Charlie Parker. His strongest motivation would however come from the drums and rhythms of Africa as showcased by traditional African musicians. Kay's musical focus was helped when he met the legendary be-bop tenor sax player,James Moody on a Dizzy Gillespie tour of Nigeria in the early 90's.
He played with leading bands in his country from 1985 to 1992 and toured Europe until he founded The Weavers band in 1993. A band well known for it's originality, focus, artistic sincerity and quality.
In 1998, his debut album 'Once Upon A time' was released (Jazzhole Label) to a welcoming African audience. The album was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed by Nigerian and African press.BBC Network Africa Service accorded the album lots of airplay and personal interviews in recognition of creative accomplishments.
'IBA' his second album further established his creativity, and his highly disciplined, exiting sound.
'Joy Of Thanksgiving' his latest project is an irresistible, creatively inspiring blend of smooth jazz and gospel delivered in a contemporary way.