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DJ Irawo


Drum Jamming Irawo is a singer, drummer, songwriter and disc jockey.

Her major musical instrument is the Gangan Talking Drum which originates from the Yoruba tribe of Western Nigeria.

She sings in the English and Yoruba languages and in the folk and electronic dance music (EDM) genres of music. She calls her brand of music ECLECTICA.

As a DJ, she performs all genres of music.

She performs her talking drum solo on her live DJ set or with a live band.  

She started drumming on tabletops, wardrobe doors and conga drums when she was ten years old and in the boarding school.

In 1994, she joined the drumline of the Boys Brigade of Nigeria and majored on the snare drums.

In 2004, she graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye with a second upper division in accounting. In addition, she has two diplomas and professional certifications in accounting. She worked as a marketer and the head of internal audit for some financial institutions before focusing on her music career.

In 2005, she began her music career professionally after her mother taught her how to play the talking drums. She learnt more about the art from other talking drummers.

In 2007, she was awarded a scholarship to study music at the Pencils Film and Television Institute (PEFTI) in Lagos. She majored on the drum set and graduated with a distinction.

In 2009, she registered with the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) as a songwriter. She provided music therapy for the Down Syndrome Foundation of Nigeria. 

She learnt how to play the violin at the Baptist Church Music Camp and Music School.

In 2010, she founded Drumline Entertainment.

In 2012, she wrote the book: HOW TO PLAY THE TALKING DRUM IN SEVEN DAYS. She organized her first talking drum workshop. She won the Christmas Magic Contest in a charity concert organized by the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) and the Art Colony International by performing classical and jazz music compositions. She competed with a pianist, a violinist, a tenor singer and a quartet of clarinettists. She also earned a certificate in entrepreneurship from the Edge Business School, Lagos.

In 2014, she was made a talking drum ambassador by Intro Afrika, organizers of the Yoruba Drum Festival.

In 2015, she was selected as one of the six Nigerian DJs to tour Lagos and Abuja to introduce the electronic dance music genre of music into Nigeria via the Electronic Soundscape Music Production and Live DJ Set Project. These events were sponsored by Goethe Institut, Lagos, Alliance France, Lagos and Institut France, Abuja, Nigeria. DJ Irawo was the only female DJ on this project.

In 2018, she earned a certificate in intellectual property law from Harvard Law School, USA. She also earned a certificate in Prince2 Project Management from Agile P3 Consulting, Lagos. She was also given an award by the Mo-Rainbow Down Syndrome Foundation for the music therapy provided for the pupils of the institution.

On June 28, 2022, she was bestowed with the title of Ayan Agalu Amazon by the Ooni of Ile Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) at the Ooni's palace shortly before the Ayan Agalu Festival, 2022.

DJ Irawo has performed at several jazz festivals, art festivals, drum festivals, music concerts, club raves, musical theatre performances, corporate and private events.

She has also taught several children and adults in schools, private classes and corporate drumming sessions the art of playing the talking drums and the music business.

She is working on her thirteen-track debut album which will be released on January 1, 2023.

Please, follow Irawo Oluwakemi Famugbode AKA DJ Irawo on the internet via the following links:

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LinkedIn = @djirawo

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Facebook = @djirawodrums

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People ask me why I am not out there like I ought to be since I have been performing for a long time.

Well, shit happens. 

My marital mistake got me into this deep shit. 


Initially, he pretended to be supportive before and at the beginning of our fourteen years of marriage but time revealed that he is the greatest enemy of my destiny. 

My enemies can only delay the hands of my ticking clock but they can never delay the shinning of my star. - DJ Irawo (Talking Drum Ambassor; 5⭐DJ)

So, I begin again; slowly, steadily but surely.

Below are some of my video, blo and newspaper interviews.

Note that anywhere I mentioned that he supported me are all lies. 

The lies were just to encourage him to support me back then to keep a 'happy home' and because I knew that he would read my interviews to pick at the 'loopholes. 

Now, I am free to shine my light to the world without restrictions and inhibitions.

'Ọkọ̀ mi máà ń tẹ̀lé mi lọ rehearsal Onílù ká tó gbéyàwó àmọ́ bí mo ṣe kó wọlé tán báyìí, ó di nǹkan míì...' - BBC Yoruba Interview


AN INTERVIEW WITH DJ IRAWO Episode One (Now known as Sbine with DJ Irawo: Business Chat)

How I Almost Committed Suicide

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  1. DJ Irawo: My Passion for the Talking Drum (2016)

  2. How I use the Talking Drum to Play Jazz (2015)
  3. Irawo the Talking Drummer (2015) 
  4. I Studied Accountancy by Music is My Calling (2014)

  5. The Magic This Time (2012)

  6. I left Accounting to become a Drummer (2009)

  7. Why I dumped Banking for the Mic (2009)

  8. Why I dumped my Job for Music (2009)






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