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"A NUMBER OF INTERVIEWS WITH/PRESS REVIEWS ON SALVADOR SANGO"

A NUMBER OF INTERVIEWS WITH/PRESS REVIEWS ON SALVADOR SANGO (IN ENGLISH, GREEK, GERMAN, SPANISH) - VARIOUS


"ISC Announces 2007 Finalists"

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 17:55:15 -0600
Subject: ISC Announces 2007 Semi-Finalists
From: "ISC Support" <news@songwritingcompetition.com>
To: "Sotiris" <admin@salvadorsango.com>
Dear Sotiris,

We are very pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for the song "The Advice Of Sango," in the World Music category. Congratulations on this achievement!

Please take a moment to review the information below and make any corrections to your song title, songwriter(s), and the hometown of the songwriter(s) of this song. Please note that this should be the information of the songwriter(s), and not the information of a manager or anyone else. Indicate the first and last names of all songwriters. Please do not use first initials or only the band name. The hometown should be where the songwriter spent the majority of his/her life. This information will be posted on the ISC website, so please review it carefully. You do not need to respond to this email if the information is correct. Please send corrections only to: support@songwritingcompetition.com.

Song Title: The Advice Of Sango
Song Author(s): Sotiris Papadopaulos
Band Name (if you want the band name included): Salvador Sango
Song Author's Hometown: Lagos, , Nigeria

The 2007 finalists will be selected from the group of semi-finalists and will be announced next week on February 4, 2008. You will receive notification by email, and the list of semi-finalists and finalists will be posted on our website.

On the same day, February 4, the ISC Peoples' Voice will be open for voting on the ISC website. All finalists' songs, (except for Lyrics Only), will be posted, and the public will be able to listen to the songs and vote for their favorite song. Voting will be open until the end of February. The winner of the Peoples' Voice is separate from the regular winners selected by the ISC judges and will win bragging rights and some cool prizes. Make sure to let your friends, family, and fans know that they can vote!

The finalists' songs will then be sent to the ISC judges who will select the winners. Winners will be announced in April, as soon as the judging process is complete. All entrants will receive email notification of the winners. Please check our website for all updates:

http://www.songwritingcompetition.com

If you entered multiple songs, you will receive a separate email for each song that has achieved semi-finalist status. Please note that if you do not receive an email about a specific song that you entered, it means that the song did not advance to the semi-finals. Please do not call or email our office to inquire about the status of the above-mentioned song or any other songs that you may have entered, as we are extremely busy with the ongoing judging process.

You may now publicize that your song is a semi-finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition. Please do not indicate yourself as a finalist or winner at the present time, as we have not yet selected or announced the finalists.

Thank you very much for your participation in ISC. We wish you all the best and much success with your songwriting.

Regards,

Candace Avery
Founder/Director
International Songwriting Competition
1307 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: 615.251.4441
Fax: 615.251.4442
www.songwritingcompetition.com - INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION


"Afro Salsa rocks Goethe-Institut"


It was entertainment galore at the expansive lawn of the Goethe-Institut as the Sotiris Papadopoulos Salvador Sango band thrilled music lovers from all walks of life. Dele Adeyanju reports.

The Green Area of the Goethe-Institut was filled to capacity on Saturday as distinguished personalities which comprised a large chunk of the diplomatic community and high profile Nigerians enjoyed the sensuous beat of Sotiris Papadopoulos’ Salvador Sango band. In his introductory speech, shortly before the commencement of the Afro Salsa concert, Arne Schneider, Director of the Goethe-Institut said the Salvador Sango band is a world renowned musical group with a reputation for bridging cultural gaps through the medium of their unique kind of music. He also thanked the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the electronics giants, Siemens for sponsorship considerations which made the event possible.

It is hard to classify Salvador Sango music. It is a musical blend that represents today’s reality of the World i.e., that people and cultures are no longer as far apart as they used to be.
According to Akin Onasanya, a band member, “this is a group of people who have digested the big truth that we are all one.” The band plays a strange but wonderful mix of afro Beat, Latin American rhythm, and European rock music.

The members come from places as far apart as Europe and Africa but those who see them on and off stage would think that they were all born in the same hospital and that they have been playing together all their lives. They handle salsa, flamenco and jazz with the same ease with which they handle Yoruba folklore, juju music and gospel.

What is interesting about this remarkable feat is the sheer fact it is not the result of academic training cum technical ability alone - probably not at all - but rather the result of being able to identify completely and deeply with what they do. Sotiris Papadopoulos told the Comet “it is hard sometimes to draw the dividing line between the spectrums of geographical styles when we play.”

With the exception of their band leader, the rest have one thing in common: they all learnt music in the church, but share two things in common; their love for music and the dream of spreading their musical and spiritual message across the world.
Sotiris Papadopoulos, lead-singer, guitarist, vocalist, and composer was born on September 17, 1956, in Volos, Greece. A physicist by training, Sotiris holds a PhD in Atomic Physics from Oxford but left the academic and research world for the great love of his life: music.

He showed an interest in music at a comparatively late age. At 17, he started singing rock for his first local band, Eternal Wealth. After high school, he left Greece for Germany to study Physics. There he picked up the guitar and started imitating Jimi Hendrix and other rock guitar greats. During his years in Germany, he developed a passion for Latin and Spanish music and played with various local bands including a commercial one that made waves in the local entertainment scene.

In 1980, he travelled to Nigeria where he played with the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti and developed a keen interest in African rhythm. After his studies and various jobs in Europe and Asia, the dream of music brought him to Africa and he came to Nigeria in 1988.
In the years that followed, Sotiris played with numerous bands and local stars as a leader and as a sideman/guest including Dizzy Gillespie in Port Harcourt in 1989, as well as his well known band, SPICE.

In 2004, he formed Sotiris which later became Salvador Sango, his artistic pseudonym. Other members of this wonderful group include Tosin Oyedele, Segun Adeshola, Daniel Adegbola, and Dare Akinlagun.
Frontline jazz exponent Tee Mac and other music loving Nigerians graced the event.

Mr Oluwatosin John Oni, a computer engineer praised the band for its wonderful performance. “I could not believe that a Greek national could speak Yoruba this well. It is also intriguing to see Nigerians sing South American songs with such brilliant expertise. It’s simply thrilling,” said Oni.

- THE COMET NEWSPAPER, LAGOS , NIGERIA


"Salvador Sango rocks Nigeria with afro salsa tunes"

Entertainment, dance and music were at their best at the Goethe Institut as the afro salsa playing band, Salvador Sango thrilled audience to different modern and classical tunes of afro salsa that is currently making waves in some parts of Europe.
Enam Obiosio and FUNKE ADETUTU

It’s hard to classify Salvador Sango’s music. It’s a musical species that represents today’s reality of the world where people and cultures are no longer as far apart as they used to be. The group consists of young men who are mostly Nigerians and are not deterred by the trans-cultural differences as they sing flawlessly in Latin. They are a group of people who have digested the big truth that the world is one irrespective of colour, race or nationality. The members come from places as far as Europe and Africa but those who see them on and offstage would think that they were all born in the same country and that they’ve been playing together all their lives. They handle salsa, flamenco and jazz with the same ease with which they handle Yoruba folklore, juju music and gospel. However, that’s not the result of academic training or technical ability alone but rather the result of being able to identify completely and deeply with what they do. In fact, it is hard sometimes to draw the dividing line between these styles when they play. With the exception of their band leader, the rest have one thing in common: they all learnt music in the church.

But they all share two things: their love for music and the dream of spreading their musical and spiritual message all over the world.

Sotiris Papadopoulos, the leader of the band was born on September 17, 1956 in Volos, Greece and has been living in Nigeria for 17 years. He is a physicist turned to musician and holds a doctorate degree in atomic physics from Oxford having studied in Germany, England and the United State of America but he left the academic and research world for the great love of his life, music. He showed an interest in music at a comparatively late age, when at 17, he started singing rock for his first local band, Eternal Wealth. After highschool he left Greece for Germany to study Physics. There he picked up the guitar and started imitating Jimi Hendrix and other rock guitar greats. During his years in Germany he developed a passion for Latin and Spanish music and played with various local bands including a commercial one that made waves in the local entertainment scene, caribao.

In 1980, Papadopoulos travelled to Nigeria where he played with Fela Kuti and developed a keen interest in African rhythm. In the same year, he became friends with guitarist Paul Shigihara, Charlie Mariano, WDR big band, who brought him to the reality of serious self study.

Physics brought him to New York where he had the opportunity to be close to the jazz scene and learn from people like Frank Foster, Billy Taylor and Ted Dunbar at Jazz mobile in Harlem. After his studies and various jobs in Europe and Asia the dream of music brought him to Africa when he came to Nigeria in 1988. In the years that followed he played with numerous bands and local stars as a leader and as a sideman and guest including Dizzy Gillespie in Port Harcourt in 1989, as well as the well known band, Spice. In 2004 he formed Sotiris which later became Salvador Sango, his artistic pseudonym.

The evening saw the performance of soul lifting and irresistible afro salsa tunes which forced many to their feet. The view at the Lagoon front of the Goethe Institut and the cool breeze added credence to the somewhat humid and hot weather characteristic of the harmattan season.

Salvador’s presentations were heavily laden with Yoruba afro tunes with a mixture of afro Caribbean tunes. The first musical presentation was rendered in Yoruba language by one of the band back up boys, Deji Adetayo. The sonorous music bothers on a nameless male character that squandered the money he was suppose to use for education to purchase a bicycle. Also included in this presentation is another song that revolves around an appeal to the elders by the members of the band stating their reassurance of divine protection they enjoy from the gods as a result of their belief in them whenever they are dealt with at any function.

With the change in tune and the performance of afro salsa many members of the audience, mostly, white couples stood up to dance to the irresistible jazz tunes with occasional interlude of Spanish afro salsa.

Tee Mac, also added colour to the night with the tunes that reeled out of his clarinet.

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"A String Of Melodies From Salvador Sango"

Stories By Ozolua Uhakheme,

Asst. Editor



If the variety of genres, the size and reactions of the audience as well as the duration of musical concert are indices to measure the performance of Sotiris Papadopoulos-led Salvadorsango band at the Goethe Institut stage penultimate Saturday, then the group did not only find its rhythm but thrilled the crowd to a scintillating musical presentation.

Although most of the band’s presentations were instrumentals, but the ease with which the band switches from one genre of music to another speaks volume of the skill and competence of the band members, who are mainly Nigerians.

Apart from Sotiris Papadopoulos, a Greek physicist and Ph.D holder in Atomic Physics from Oxford University, the rest of the band are Nigerians, who have at different times performed alongside renowned musicians like Lagbaja, Onyeka Onwenu, Peter King, Neil Oliver and Ayo Bankole. In spite of staying together in less than two years, the band was able to present rich variety of musical works that traverse jazz, Afro-beat, Latin-American rhythm, Rock, Juju and Gospel. And it was difficult sometimes for listeners to draw a line between the different styles they put up during the concert. No doubt, the band members demonstrated a mastery of their instruments that constantly attracted applause from the audience. In fact, Sotiris guitar works conveniently took the audience on a long spell, especially when doing a solo.

But not much of Afro-beat or Juju music was offered. One expects the experiences of the likes of Segun Adeshola, Victor Ademofe, Tosin Oyedele, and Segun Adeniran, having performed with Neil Oliver, Onyeka Onwenu, Ras Kayas, Ayo Bankole and Peter King, to influence the flavour of their music in terms of Gospel or Juju music.

In any case, the overall stagecraft of the band is another plus just as the acoustic level of the production made the night a wonderful experience. However, the show that also featured a guest artiste, Tee Mac, offered more of Latin-American and Rock music to the delight of a large number of diplomats and arts enthusiasts. The band’s appearance at the Goethe Institut was followed by a playing tour of Lome on February 7 and 8 and in Cotonou on February11, 12 and 14. - THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER, LAGOS, NIGERIA


Discography

THE ADVICE OF SANGO', 2009. SANGO' RECORDS (records@salvadorsango.com)

CUANDO SE CAEN LAS MASCARAS (WHEN THE MASKS FALL), 2012, SANGO' RECORDS (records@salvadorsango.com)

Available through iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and numerous other physical and digital portals.

ALL tracks have both streaming and conventional radio airplay

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Bio

The Afrofusion orchestra SALVADOR SANGÓ (pronounced Shongó) is the brainchild of Sotiris Papadopoulos, a Greek who has been living and working outside Greece for the most part of his life. The band’s name which, as it happens, is also Sotiris’s artistic pseudonym, is not accidental: Salvador is the translation of “Sotiris” –saviour- in Spanish, whereas Sango' is the god of
lightning, the protector of justice and the weak in the Yoruba pantheon, one of the most populous tribes in West Africa with a particular presence in music, dance and the arts in general.

Circumstances brought the Greek to the land of the Yoruba when he came to Nigeria for the first time in 1980 to play with Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the indisputable Afrobeat king. The same destiny brought him back -through UNESCO- eight years later to head the Physics department of a Nigerian university having come from the research elite of Oxford. Being a physicist during the day and a musician during the night was a tall order for Sotiris and after a series of personal and professional pursuits he opted for music putting his other talents aside. During this phase Sotiris formed his well known jazz quartet, SPICE, and has performed with numerous Nigerian artists including Femi Kuti, Orlando Julius, Victor Waifo etc.

The musical result of these and other experiences not mentioned here is the SALVADOR SANGÓ orchestra which was created in 2004 with the broader aim of presenting to the international audience a bridging through music of the cultural and racial gap which still reigns supreme in the world of “globalization” of today. This is done, however, without sacrificing the individuality and particularities as much of the orchestra members as of the musical style itself. The result is world music par excellence. To a large extent their music employs West African polyrhythms and folklore as its foundation but the final result surpasses by far the West African borders: it passes through Latin America for its salsa/afrocuban ingredients, North America for its jazz/blues influences, Western Europe for its classical/rock nuances and the Mediterranean for its flamenco/arabesque colours, subtly returning to the founder’s Ithaca: Greece.

The orchestra’s works comprise vocal tunes sung in Spanish, Yoruba, English, Greek, as well as instrumentals. One could say without reservation that SALVADOR SANGÓ are hierophants of world music for, along with the musical message passed to their audiences, another one, more ethereal and spiritual is being passed which cannot be described by words but is felt through the wide spectrum of emotions and sentiments their music causes: joy and sadness, nostalgia, exaltation, tranquility and introspection…Yet, two of these are always absent: fear and anger. The other, particularly African, element in their music is the constant provocation to dance.

The orchestra, in its various forms, have performed extensively both in Nigeria and overseas and have, so far, released two albums: THE ADVICE OF SANGO' (2008 SANGO' RECORDS) and CUANDO SE CAEN LAS MASCARAS (2012 SANGO' RECORDS). While the first album is stylistically very diverse and more of an attempt to satisfy a wide range of listeners with diverse musical tastes, the second one is more earth- and rhythm-bound with less compositional influences that are centered mainly around the Afrocuban element. Its apocalyptic title tells the story of a world which has had enough of itself and needs to be reborn, cleansed of its older self...more is yet to come

Contact info: Sotiris Papadopoulos
e-mail:info@salvadorsango.com

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