It could be difficult to identify the true gift of each member of a group or band, hence the regular old band break ups we experience from time to time.
Little wonder, therefore, that at the 2017 Grammy Awards, it was easy to miss young, talented Nigerian artist, Kevin Olusola, as his band, Pentatonix won the Best County duo/group performance for their spin on the classic song ‘Jolene’.
The American a cappella band collaborated with renowned artist and actress, Dolly Parton to recreate the song, Jolene, which won them the feat.
What most people might not know is that the group’s beatboxer is a 28-year-old Nigerian, who is also a rapper, record producer and singer; and the band has just bagged its 3rd Grammy since Kevin joined the group in 2011.
What you should know:
- Kevin’s father is a Nigerian psychiatrist, Dr Oluwole Olusola and his mother is Grenadian-born Curline Paul.
- He is a master of the cello, saxophone and piano.
- He is also a Yale University graduate who is fluent in English, Spanish and Chinese.
- He joined Pentatonix in 2011 and since winning an American show called The Sing Off in 2011, the group has released five albums and have sold over 2 million records.
The group’s other Grammys include: Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for Daft Punk in 2015 and Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in 2016.
Wizkid and Kah-lo may have lost this year but we need to praise and appreciate Kevin who has made Nigerians proud once again!
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Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye