otibrownaka Oti Brown
Member Since: 17 Oct 2008
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Region : Switzerland
Guitarist-bassist-song writer-producer Oti Brown is an African citizen-of-the-world, both in terms of his life journey and musical vocabulary. As a singer, composer and virtuoso instrumentalist, his trademark sound is an esoteric but accessible amalgam of influences from his past and present, an inventively forward-looking yet folklore-based mix that raises spirits while falling smoothly on the ear.
Lucky Otitigbe (a.k.a. Oti Brown) was born in Warri Delta State of Nigeria on 17.5.1973.
1985, Oti Brown got into music, when his older brother Osaro started taking guitar, bass and singing lessons, and everything he learned, he taught Oti, at that point Oti knew, he wanted to be a musician.
In 1986 he joined a music group as a percussionist, 1987 he became the bassist of the group, and since he was the youngest bass player in the city he was giving the nickname “Smally”
Oti Brown wasn’t satisfied, just being a bass player, so he learned to play the guitar and improved his singing.
In 1992 he left for Lagos after getting an invitation to join the Sir J.B. music group.
He became their leadsinger and leadguitarist ( also played the bass, drum, conga and percussion) and he stayed with the group for 3 years.
In 1995 a friend and Oti formed the group “Smallykins” (a combination of the 2 names, Smally & Kingsly) Some friends, Kingly’s brother & 3 of Oti`s brothers joined as well, they played 6 times a week in Lagos hotels, clubs & private parties, like weddings, birthdays e.t.c.
In 2003 Oti Brown moved to Switzerland ,where he was confronted with different styles of music, next to the afrobeat, reggae, high life & gosple music that he used to play.
Oti started playing soul, funk, blues, jazz e,t,c.
Oti Brown is influenced by Fela Kuti, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Hugh Masekela, The Temptations, George Benson, Marcus Miller, Ray Charles, Wyclef Jean & Motown Artists.
His group is called Oti & the Afro-beat.
They often play at African club parties, or at weddings, not only in Switzerland,but also all around Europe.
Oti Brown lives in Zurich with his wife & son.
His goal in life is, to improve his music constantly, and to produce good albums.
It’s ‘Dancing Time’
Put on your dancing shoes, and get ready for Dancing Time, a new CD to be released soon by Oti Brown. The 8 tracks CD is a mixture of Afro Funk Jazz, Soul, Calypso and more, the kind of beat that you just can`t get enough of.
Oti Brown as he is popularly called is not new in the music scene, as he started in 1985 at a tender age of 13 by a stroke of luck, (a really lucky lad) when his senior brother who started attending music lesson decided to teach him (Oti Brown) what he was being taught. Soon his music talent became obvious both in playing instruments and in singing. Within a year he joined a music group in Benin City as a percussionist and later became the youngest bass guitarist in the city, which earned him the nickname "Smally".
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