I'd always loved Scorsese's Taxi Driver particularly the scene in which the protagonist, Travis Bickle drives his cab around the mean and seedy streets of New York city's Times Square.
Taking a cue from this timeless classic, I sought to take in and showcase the grittier side of Lagos in line with the songs candid lyrics. My kinsman and co-producer, Ade Bantu was on hand to capture me singing my heart away in the cramped backseat of our gypsy cab as it snaked its way past police check points, busy market streets, grinding traffic, admiring fans and petty traders, all of which make up this colorful and manic metropolis.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Las Gidi (Lagos) in all it's rugged and funky technicolor glory. Kindly enjoy and share.
Siji's forthcoming album "Home Grown" is currently scheduled for release in spring of 2014. Two and a half years in the making, the epk goes behind the scenes to chronicle the concept behind the record and the personal journey that inspired it's making.
Title: IJO (Official Video)
Label: Sole Channel Records
Producers: SIJI, Alix Alvarez & Tunji Ladoja
Video Concept; Akintunde Disu sijimusic.com
Hot on the success of the recent Siji/Alix Alvarez collaboration comes the stunning visual interpretation to their classic single “Ijo”.
Shot on location in Lagos, Nigeria, where Siji has been rediscovering his childhood past following a 20yr plus absence, the colorful and visually arresting masterpiece showcases an open audition held for dancers drawn from the bustling metropolis.
It features cameo appearances from a colorful cast of characters including Afrobeat Singer, Ade Bantu, the delightful songstress, Yinka Davis, radio impresario Tintin ‘The Koolness’ as well as a royal prince, all of who masterfully played out the lyrics with quite amusing results.
The chart topping single ‘IJO’ is currently available for purchase on Itunes and all other digital platforms. For more information kindly visit;
Elder's Corner is a music documentary film featuring the music, lives and times of Nigeria's pioneering musical heroes.
Set against the colorful yet gritty backdrop of Lagos, Elder's Corner follows their extraordinary musical journey through Nigeria's quest for self rule, bitter civil war, power struggles, oil and riches.
It includes unseen performances, archival footage and stunning visual imagery from these cultural, iconic figures.
Title: "YEARNING FOR HOME"
Label: IVY Records
Cinematographer: Scott Beardslee
Film Editor: Julie Carr sijimusic.com
Shot on the RED One Digital camera in 4k Resolution.
A close friend of mine whom upon listening to my new album, showered me with compliments and then jokingly commented that it appeared as though I’d just built the Empire State building, but had yet to install an elevator in it.
When probed further he stated that in this advanced age of digital technology, when I had overcome great odds to complete such a body of work, it was indeed a crime that I had yet to shoot a music video to accompany one of the songs.
I saw sense with his reasoning and hustled to put together what would eventually become my debut video for the song, “Yearning For Home”. I was able to cajole a handful of my trusted associates and kinsmen to submit to the rigors of a day’s filming in Brooklyn, NY. This being my directorial debut, having to concentrate on the task at hand proved somewhat trying, given a room full of Nigerians was bound to generate a substantial amount of excitement and chaos in equal measure. Suffice to say, we all had a blast and the results were stunning.
The concept of the video was to shed light on my constant longing for my ancestral homeland Nigeria where I grew up. It was crucial for me to convey the sense of nostalgia we immigrants come to feel when far away from that which we affectionately call “Home”. For even though we have come to make our new homes away from home, there forever remains a deep sense of longing for that which we left behind.
In doing so I chose to depict a number of scenes drawn from my own experiences, which shed light on a few of the things I come across or do which remind me of my homeland.
“Yearning For Home”, is taken from my new album “ADESIJI” available now on Itunes and other digital platforms.