Yhumie Oyelade, a talented saxophonist is quickly becoming one of Nigerian smoothest jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers, he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. His multi-faceted profile has diversified into a repertoire of musical jazz styles – gospel, smooth jazz, afro jazz, Highlife, R&B, all kinds of jazz ensemble.
Born and raised in Lagos state Nigeria, Graduate of Lagos State University studied Computer Science also he attended Peter King College of music in Lagos. Yhumie is an astute music student dedicating countless hours to fine tuning his musical ability and technique blending his roots with skillful horn textures.
Yhumie Oyelade’s music has a unique edge and has been able to manicure blends of Nigerian music that is globally sort after. His emergence into the spot light with his “Since 1960” song, the first ever contemporary jazz progression of the Nigerian National anthem has indeed put a modern spin to the old composition, bringing a more urban influenced audience appreciation to jazz world.
The multi-instrumentalist has released other songs “Yours Sincerely” a smooth jazz track featuring an inventive guitarist Kunle Ayo (South African base guitarist), one can really feel the bodied rhythm song that translates to a definite mood enhancer. Yhumie’s forte is on the tenor and soprano Saxes, but he also plays the flute and piano.
Yhumie has recorded and performed with number of world-class musicians and producers such as Onyeka Onwenu (MFR), Teemac.O (MFR), Ayo Bankole jr, Wole Oni, Cobhams A, BennethOgbeiw, Wilson Joel ,etc.
Yhumie never shied from the very concept of playing alongside with seasoned and renowned international artists like: Kenny G (us), NAJEE(us), Kirk whalum(us), Yolanda brown (uk), brown, Hugh Masakela, Jimmy Dludlu, Judith Sephuma, Asa, Kunle Ayo,etc
Well sort after in opening performance for big prestigious events:
“THISDAY Awards” for former US President
Bill Clinton and then Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger held in Lagos.The launch of the first African magazine (African Muzik Magazine) AFRIMMA in Dallas, USA.United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner launch in Lagos, Nigeria.
Yhumie has performed at wedding ceremonies,anniversaries, birthdays, fund raiser events, wine tasting events, cultural troupe tours, spots bar, resident saxophonist in many metropolitan hotels in Lagos, Nigeria.
Yhumie has accomplished a lot of projects and good delivery with
brands like: ORACLES,G.E u.s,NOKIA,N.B(Nigeria
Breweries)Heinken.NBC(Nigeria Bottle company)coca cola,AELEX(legal
practitioners & arbitrators),BMW..etc
No stranger to the gospel arena, as one can see his talent and super natural God given ability on instruments. His opened up ministrations and praise worship for various church programs in various countries; RCCG Euless, USA, Jesus House Farm Branch, USA, PGIC Hayward, USA etc
From the beginning
The last of five children and only son, music started for Yhumie at the tender age of 4 years old. His family noticed his attraction to music very quickly as he’d always listen to juke box and will sing along, using his hands as imaginary instruments. Although Yhumie was considered soft spoken and shy till this day, he always had and felt unexplainable connection when it pertained to entertainment.
Growing up only son and losing his father at such an early age, he’d find himself escaping into the world of music and soon started playing in a small neighborhood band after school. It wasn’t long a local church music director recognized his gift, started mentoring him and introduced him to what he then thought was the most beautiful sleek, sexy, polished metal a “Saxophone”.