Solomon Willy is one of Nigeria"s son from the city of Warri, Delta State and now Durban-based musician. He was first exposed to gospel music in a children's choir. He later learnt to play drums and keyboards, and in his secondary school days he became keen on the lead guitar, Studying the instrument at a local music school in 1997. Formed his band in 2009 and his career started when he took part in the 2010 World Cup talent search audition at the Durban SABC and the judges where Neil Comfort, Malcolm Nheko and they said they were blown away by his performance and gave him some platform as a new talent to perform at the 2010 World Cup Fan Festivals stages and he also received an award from the Departrment of Art and Culture Kwazulu-Natal Eastern Region for band seach 2011 at the pavilion, Durban. He has performed throughout Negeria and South Africa, And Australia with Keychange Music Project; he performed in nine cities in Australia in 2009, as a lead guitarist in the band backing a tour by a South African Zulu Choir.
He his planning a debut single, following by an album, later in the year.
Solomon Willy is extremely versatile and professional to the core, it's no wonder that Solomon Willy Band are one of the most sought after African Jazz Band in the business! The exciting band offering original compositions and extensive mix of popular tasteful African vibe and contemporary hits mixed with jazz guitar styling's and warm; smooth vocals are perfect for adding more than a little class to any event. This live 5 piece band fronted by powerful guitarist and smooth vocalist who really know how to work crowed in event such as jazz festivals, corporate functions and jazz clubs. The multi-talented line-up incudes two to class vocal as well as guitar, bass, drums & keys.
His Influences include: Norman Brown, Fela Kuti, Louis Mhlang, Jonny Creg, George Benson, Santana, Mike Okri, Earl Klugh, Angelique kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Rex Jim Lawson and many more.
Some of the excitingg moment in his career was performing at the Durban Jazz Festivals, Ugu Jazz Festival, 2010 World Cup Celebration and many more others. Solomon Willy has worked with deferent Artists and Groups of musicians such as; Naima Kay, Afrosoul, Martin PK, Nomusa Dhlomo & Vuka Africa, Lulu Dikana, Tender Mavundla, Pietermaritzburg Unique Invitation, Paulino YQ, Tony Grey, Grand Band, South African Zulu Choir, Thulani GA Ndlela, Evermore-AUS and many more.
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