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It all started on September 2, 1980 when I was born in the capital of Nigeria. I lived in Nigeria for the first four years of my life. At age 5, I moved to Denver, Colorado. While living in Nigeria and moving to the States, I remember the musical influences of Jimmy Cliff, Fela, and Bob Marley. While adjusting to the American way of life, I found outlets in writing and listening to my parentÂ’s records. My favorites were Tina Turner, the Everly Brothers, popular Reggae & oldies.

My musical influences are Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, R. Kelly, Ben Harper, U2, Delirious, Killers, Kanye West, Matt Redman, and Jimmy Cliff. I think my diverse taste in
music flows throughout my shows. It kills me to go to a show and know what a band's sound is by the second song. Keeping that in mind, you will hear many musical styles at one of my shows.

I attended high school at George Washinton High School where I played basketball. I attended college at Metro State. I earned a degree in Political Science and Legal Studies. While in college, I met and married my wife Jewel at the age of 21. My wife gave me a guitar and lessons as a birthday present. Since then, I have not stopped playing.

Now at the tender age of 25, I have been singing and writing my own songs for 4 years. My goal at every show is to have a dynamic style that catches the listener's ear as I hit the first note. I have played locally at Capital Hill People's Fair, Ziggies, Cricket on the Hill, Herman's Hideaway, Larimer Lounge, Trilogy Lounge, Mercury Cafe, and more...

At the Start of 2006 Shoaga has had world-renowned guest artist play with him. Percussionist Bataki Cambrelen, from New York, has played in various venues including the world famous Appolo Theatre with many well know acts such as the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ensemble and Flamenco Guitarist Rene. Lead Guitarist Leonard Taligatus has traveled around the world playing his music, from his native home of Papau New Guinea to London to all parts in the US.

With a mix of dance music, socially aware reggae, and sweet love songs, the Ali Shoaga band is slowly moving towards the goal of being one of Colorado's best.