- Adam Solomon
Adam SolomonAdam "The Professor" Solomon (born January 1, 1963 in
Mombasa, Kenya) is a Juno Award-winning composer, guitar maestro, and singer. Solomon began performing at an early age, playing the kivoti ( flute) and the [http://www.knockonwood.co.uk/details.asp/percussion/74/buy/kayamba.htm kayamba] ( shaker) at village celebrations and festivals. He established his career playing lead guitar and singing on recordings and videos with some of Kenya's most popular bands and musicians, including Joseph Kamaru, Bana Citoyen, Super Kalles, Super Mazembe, Les Wanyika, Popo Lipo of Lessa Lessan, Professor Mb. Naaman with the Nine Stars Band, Kanda Bongo Man, Fadhili Williams, Juma Toto, and the [http://www.southtravels.com/africa/kenya/whitesandsbeachhotel/index.html Mombasa Roots Band] . Adam's touring credits include workshops and performances with Congolese superstar Papa Wembaand Ismael Lofrom Senegal.
Solomon was a co-founder (with [http://www.insideworldmusic.com/library/bltariq.htm Tarig Abubakar] ) of Canada's great pan-African band, the
Afronubians, with whom he toured western Canada in 1993. He collaborated with them for two CD releases, "Tour To Africa" (1994) and "The Great Africans" (1995). " [http://www.cbcshop.ca/CBC/shopping/product.aspx?Product_ID=3015&Variant_ID=TRCD+3015&lang=en-CA Afronubians Live] " was released posthumously in 2005. Solomon collaborated on Show Do Man's release "Trouble Trouble" (1994), also on "Tae Kwarro" album in the year 2000 by Achilla Orru. Based in Toronto, Canada, Solomon then formed his own band, Tikisa, in 1995, and has continued to perform and tour with them. He has released the following albums: " [http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adamsolomon1 Safari] "(1996), " [http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adamsolomon2 Rocket Express II: African Renaissance Blues] "(2003), and " [http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/adamsolomon3 Mti wa Maisha (Tree of Life)] "("2006) In 2007, Solomon released " [http://cdbaby.com/cd/adamsolomon4 Roots Rhythms (Magoma Asili)] ", an homage to the traditional rhythms and the Griots of the [http://www.sacredland.org/world_sites_pages/Kaya_Forests.html Mijikenda (Nine Tribes)] people of coastal Kenya. The "Safari" album led to a double win at the [http://www.musicafrica.org/awards.htm TAMA (Toronto African Music Awards)] for Best Release and Best New Performers in 1997.
Collaboration with African Guitar Summit
In conjunction with the
Canadian Broadcasting Company(CBC), Solomon continues to perform with a diverse group of pan-African musicians, including [http://www.africanguitarsummit.com/biographies.shtml Madagascar Slim] and [http://www.africanguitarsummit.com/biographies.shtml Donne Roberts] ( Madagascar), [http://www.africanguitarsummit.com/biographies.shtml Pa Joe] , [http://www.musicafrica.org/artist_profiles/Theo_Yaw_Boakye.htm Theo yaw Boakye] and [http://www.africanguitarsummit.com/biographies.shtml Kofi Ackah] ( Ghana), Alpha Yaya Dialloand [http://www.africanguitarsummit.com/biographies.shtml Naby Camara] ( Guinea) and [http://www.africanguitarsummit.com/biographies.shtml Mighty Popo] ( Burundi/ Rwanda). This collaboration culminated in the release of the " [http://www.cbcshop.ca/CBC/shopping/product.aspx?Product_ID=3014&Variant_ID=TRCD+3014&lang=en-CA African Guitar Summit] " CD in 2004. This led to a Juno award for World Music Album of the Year in 2005. The same year, Solomon and his African Guitar Summit colleagues performed at the [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1120316197656_50/?hub=TopStories Live 8 Concert] at Park Place in Barrie as part of the ONE Campaignspearheaded by Bob Geldof. The " [http://www.cbcshop.ca/CBC/shopping/product.aspx?Product_ID=3016&Variant_ID=TRCD+3016&lang=en-CA African Guitar Summit II] " CD was released and subsequently resulted in a 2007 Juno nomination in the same category [http://www.junoawards.ca/PDF/2007_nominees.pdf] .
Solomon has also done several live recordings with the CBC, and has toured extensively across Canada, performing at music festivals as varied as
Afrofestand the Toronto Street Festival, Whistler Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival, the [http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ University of Toronto's] Music of All Latitudes series, and the Blues Summit for the [http://www.torontobluessociety.com/ Toronto Blues Society] . Recently, Solomon and his group, Tikisa, performed at the [http://www.dia.org/default.asp?menu=main&main=yes Detroit Institute of Arts] for their 44th annual Bal Africain, in the presence of Nene Sakite II (King of Manya Krobe, Ghana) [http://www.tellusdetroit.com/bal-final07.html] .
Solomon has done work for the
Toronto International Film Festival, and participated in documentaries including "The Immigrants" (produced by Jack Orlando), and the award-winning " [http://www.insyncvideo.ca/newsite/ISV07/jambo/jambo.html Jambo Kenya] " and " [http://www.insyncvideo.ca/newsite/ISV07/myw/moveyourworld.html Move Your World] " (produced by Lalita Krishna & [http://www.insyncvideo.ca/newsite/ISV07/lalita/contents.html InSync Video] ).
Contributing to fundraisers and benefits, specifically related to the plight of HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa, the building of schools and the provision of clean water, is a priority of Solomon's. A short list of those performances includes: "For the Children of Africa" ( [http://www.rotarytorontodonvalley.com/ Rotary Club of Toronto] ), "Music for AIDS in Africa" for Africville, "Hearts for Smarts" for the [http://www.cmetrust.org/ Canada Mathare Education Trust] , and the [http://www.chicagokenyans.org/ United Kenyans of Chicago's] "Give Hope to the Children" benefit.
Solomon sings in six languages, including
Swahili, English, and Arabic. "The Professor", as he is known in musical circles, is highly respected as a lead guitarist and vocalist. He has become a valuable contributor to cultural education through music and storytelling in schools, libraries and workshops. In addition, he is experienced as a bass and rhythm guitar player, and is facile on the keyboard as well as percussion instruments.
Solomon is a current member of the [http://www.torontomusicians.org/ Toronto Musician's Association] , [http://www.ocff.ca/ OCFF] , [http://www.carasonline.ca/ CARAS] and [http://www.socan.ca/ SOCAN] .
* [http://www.adamsolomon.ca Artist's website]
* [http://www.thelivemusicreport.com/2007/March/Tikisa_mar07.html Review of CD Release for "Roots Rhythms" (Tony Shivpersad)]
* [http://www.thelivemusicreport.com/clubs/lulaLounge/adamSolomon/adamSolomon.html Review of CD Release for "Tree of Life" (Anne Vaughan)]
* [http://www.geocities.com/originaltikisa/Reviews.html Reviews of CD "Tree of Life" (multiple authors)]
NAME= Solomon, Adam
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Musician
DATE OF BIRTH= 1 January 1963
PLACE OF BIRTH= Mombasa, Kenya
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