Nigerian superstar jazz saxophonist, Mike Aremu, adds another year today! One of the foremost saxophone players in the country, he has achieved international renown for his work, most notably in the United States and the UK. In celebrating his birthday today, he said via his Instagram :
Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. For He has done great things in my life. I thank God for the blessing and The Blesser who is constantly at work in my life.
Praise be to the Almighty! Happy Birthday King Mike.
Being one of the earliest modern day jazz saxophone players in Nigeria, Mike Aremu has made quite an impression on the industry in Nigeria. He is credited as being mentor to some other saxophone players like himself as well as putting the industry on the map.
His musical virtuosity dates back as far as when he was eight (8) years of age. He has been playing the saxophone for 25 years since 1995. He has received international recognition with some of his performances and collaborations which include Kenny G, Hugh Masakela, India Arie, Najee, Kirk Franklin, Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurklin, Marvin Winans, Ron Kenoly, Mary Mary, and Travis Greene. He made an appearance at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
He has also recorded two songs for the Christian Broadcasting Network (C.B.N) in the United States, as well as in London at The Barbican and Ocean as part of the annual Awesome Praise concerts. Mike Aremu also performed at the London Festival of Life (FOL) twice, an event that was attended by over 40,000 people at the Excel Centre, London on 28 March 2008 and 18 October 2013.
He performed nine times at the (2006 to 2017) EXPERIENCE, with the 2010 EXPERIENCE attracting a crowd of over 600,000 at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos.
Mike Aremu is the organizer of the largest jazz concert in Nigeria, Sax Appeal. This is geared towards the promotion of live musical performances in Nigeria. This concert, held annually since 2010 with the latest edition that held; November 2014 at Transcorp Hilton Abuja, has been aimed at fostering interaction between sponsoring organizations, businessmen and entrepreneurs in an entertainment environment. Sax Appeal has featured artists like Indie Arie, Kenny G, Judith Sephuma, Kunle Ayo, Yolanda Brown, Timi Dakolo, Agboola Shadare, Tosin Martins, Cobhams Asuquo and others.
This event has brought together entrepreneurs in Nigeria including Donald Duke, and Aliko Dangote
Aremu’s work has been recognized by the music industry with an African Gospel Music Award (AGMA), a TOMA Award (Today’s Gospel Music Awards) and an AMEN Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year and Best Gospel Music Video of the Year.
We wish Mike Aremu many happy returns of the day!!!