Photography by Ruari Meehan
If someone asked me what makes a “real” musician in my eyes, I would probably just give L.A. Salami as an answer. Born in Peckham, to a Nigerian mother and absent father, he spent the first years of his life with a foster family. And probably this shaped him for life. You get a look at things from a different perspective, and it’s a lifelong search for all the forms of (unconditional) love.
In fact, many of his songs are about love, in all its varying forms. Lookman Adekunle Salami alias L.A. Salami is a wanderer on a journey, powerful, poetic and incredibly musically. His new release ‘Systemic Pandemic’ again gives us a deep glimpse into his artistic soul: “Sometime not too long ago, I came across an abyss… I looked upon it in anguish, painfully uninspired by the view. I didn’t like it. It made me uncomfortable, and the sight of it amounted to nothing… Nothing but the absence of love in all things… The absence of attraction, the seed of love. The dispersion of any gravity. The absence of all matter and purpose…”
He continues: “I perish the thought of returning there even to revisit in memory… So I’ll do now what I did then; I avert my gaze – Redact my time spent in shadow – Allow a light some chance at forcing the darkest regions to abate. Light is life is love; and life is complicated; and this song, The SYSTEMIC PANDEMIC, is song about life, and how complicated it can become even in the midst of love.”
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