Seun Olota is an Afro-fusion musician from Lagos-Nigeria and the leader of the ExTasI Gang Band. His compositions explore the African traditional music with modern approach and interpretation with wind, brass, strings and percussion instruments.
He is an art devotee and critic and an advocate for persons living with special needs like down syndrome, autism, and physical challenge. He has executed campaign projects on human right, artists’ freedom of expression, health matters, and election among many others.
Olota hosts a weekly live music show called The Free Spot Show at The Freedom Park Lagos-Island, Nigeria and the show became the meeting hub for the expression of conscious and alternative music. He has played at art and music markets, fairs and festivals among which are: Felabration Music Festival, Naijazz Festival, Lagos International Jazz Festival, World Music Day, Freedom Fest, Marche des Arts du Spectacle D’Abidjan – MASA (Cote D’Ivoire), Music in Africa Foundation’s ACCES (Kenya), Festival Visons d’Exile (France) and Sauti za Busara Festival (Tanzania).
Albums to his credit include: Home Made (2006), Home Brew (2013), the Free Spot Show-Live (2015) and Home Brew remake (2018) and the Why Worry preceded by the release of the singles of Alafia.
Olota is a 2019 Laureaté of the Institute Francais Visa For Creation Residency at Cité International Des Arts Paris; has had trainings in Cultural Management Program organized by Arterial Network, supported by Doen Foundation in partnership with The British Council and Goethe Institute; Copyright Law by Havard Law School under the Copyright-X Program; Emerging Entrepreneurship by Fate Foundation Business School and photography and filming facilitated by Canon-USA organized by iRep Documentary Film Festival and Afri-Nolly Space Creation Hub collaborations among others.
He professes his credo simply thus, “… I revere acculturation and cultural barter initiatives because they form the spring-board required to fortify our unity and intellectual vigor.”
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Its partnership projects include surrogate schemes, campaign projects and awareness programs for and with agencies on breast-feeding, immunization, down-syndrome, marital issues, polity and gender related issues.
Through its numerous initiatives, SOTACT engages with its public via Communication for Development (C4D) using conscious art practice for advocacy, sensitization and mobilization and many others.
SOTACT hosts a weekly live music show called The Free Spot Show which features different guest acts with peculiar performance styles. The show grew a following of audience and performance and has formed hub for burdened artist and a platform for the expression of conscious and alternative music.