Joseph Olarenwaju Kunnuji

Kunnuji Joseph Olanrenwaju

From a family of six, Joseph popularly known as Lanre has three elder brothers who have greatly influenced his life experiences and choices. He acquired leadership qualities from one, writing from another and trumpet skills from the third.

Having started music lessons as a choir boy under Kehinde Okunsanya in 1993, Lanre moved through playing the drums to developing an interest in the trumpet. His trumpet lessons were however interrupted by his pursuit of a degree in Sociology at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State. This he successfully accomplished graduating with exceptionally good grades. In spite of his academic success and contrary to the expectations of friends and family members, he made a return to the trumpet in 2004 when he was given his first trumpet by his brother Muyiwa Kunnuji. The subsequent lessons he received from Muyiwa proved to be invaluable and the basis upon which he laid the foundation of a promising music career.

With a distinction in Grade 8 Trumpet Playing examination of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) London, he has served as a member of the MUSON Symphony Orchestra, 5 Yz Men Jazz Quintet (which had her debut international performance in Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA at the African American Cross-Cultural Works Blues and Jazz Festival, September 2009) and Funsho Ogundipe’s Ayetoro. He has also performed in several concerts held in honour of great men and events. These include a concert in honour of the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Koffi Anan as well as the Celebration of the 233rd American Independence in Nigeria (where he played the ‘Star Spranggled Banner’). His major influences are Muyiwa Kunnuji and Miles Davis.

Lanre, standing as one of the most promising Musicians of this generation, has the dream of bringing the under-represented traditional Egun Music style (from South West Nigeria), to the World Scene. With his passion for writing, he also intends to venture into Music Journalism.

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