Friday, 8 February 2013

Cobhams Asuquo at TEDxEuston 2012 - "The Gift of Blindness"

He reads Braille, is a musician, producer, and songwriter par excellence. Yet Cobhams Asuquo never trained as a musician. He has allegedly said that his music career began when as a child he used to puff his cheeks to play the 12-bar blues.  Today, he is known for producing some of the finest artistes in Nigeria, including the sensation, Asa, whose 2007 debut album was an international hit, and Bez, an emerging star in the Nigerian music scene. Born in 1981, he has not let his age or his disability get in the way of every dream he has ever had. His middle name ought to be INSPIRATIONAL.In his compelling talk – he says;”One of the things that has fueled my ability to dream has been the gift of blindness”. The “gift of blindness”?. How can that be? This might sound paradoxical…but that is what the event was all about – challenging conventional wisdom. Listen to Cobhams’ talk and be inspired.

 Watch his amazing talk at TEDxEuston 2012 HERE

Cobhams Asuquo is a singer/songwriter/music producer and music entrepreneur. After graduating from the Pacelli School for the Blind and King’s College Lagos, he started his professional training as a lawyer, but later branched out into music full-time to fulfill a lifelong desire. While working with a Nigerian music label as an in-house producer, he gained a unique insight into the local music scene. He saw the opportunities and challenges within the industry with a vision to develop an entrepreneurial platform from which to drive the industry forward. Today he is the founder and chief executive officer of Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions (CAMP). He gained international attention for producing and co-writing ‘Asa’, the debut self-titled album for the acclaimed soul singer. He was recently featured on CNN’s African Voicesfor his contribution and impact on the African music industry. Rising alternative soul artiste, Bez is the first of three artistes signed by Cobhams to the C.A.M.P record label, and Bez’s debut album ‘Super Sun’ was highlighted on The Boston Globe’s top ten list of best ‘world music’ albums of 2011. He has won several awards in the music and film scene in Africa and beyond.

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