Wednesday, 12 September 2018
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Sir Shina Peters profile,mansion,children,wife,biography

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Sir Sina Peters profile is not like the usual.With him comes the children,the women,the hype,his house or should i say popular mansion back in the day and lastly Shina mania.Nigeria had never seen nothing like the frenzy that greeted Shina with the arrival of his huge album Ace.He invented a new genre of music with Afro juju.
In a recent interview with YNaija, Afro juju music legend, talked a great deal about his musical background, sex and his many kids. See excerpts below:




When did it occur to you that you wanted to express yourself through songs?
Let me tell you something. My being a musician today all boils to my
religious background. I’m from Cherubim and Seraphim and there is no way
you’ll be C&S-born and you won’t have music in you. I think I got
it from the church. At first I didn’t think I will do music but when I
was about to go to the higher school then I had a dream. I heard a voice
say ‘Choose one from your left or right hand’ and I opened my left one
and I saw music.
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Wife Sammie and son Clinton.
I called my parents and told them I’m not going to school anymore.
That was all. Nothing really inspired me. It was a call from God. I was
so young, I guess I was close to 10-years-old when I took the decision.
Nobody wanted to hear me but immediately I got the call, my career
started. As I was walked out of the house at 2 am, I trekked from Oshodi
to Olorunshogo in Mushin. I saw an hotel and I went there. When I got
there, I took the drum from the guy that was playing it then and
everyone was like ‘Who is this little boy that plays the drum like
this?’ That’s how it all started.

In a recent interview with YNaija, Afro juju music legend, sir Shina Peters talked a great deal about his musical background, sex and his many kids. See excerpts below:

When did it occur to you that you wanted to express yourself through songs?
Let me tell you something. My being a musician today all boils to my
religious background. I’m from Cherubim and Seraphim and there is no way
you’ll be C&S-born and you won’t have music in you. I think I got
it from the church. At first I didn’t think I will do music but when I
was about to go to the higher school then I had a dream. I heard a voice
say ‘Choose one from your left or right hand’ and I opened my left one
and I saw music.


Born on May 30 in 1958 as Oluwashina Akanbi Peters to Victoria Asake Peters and Emmanuel Adakun Peters, growing up for the music legend came with its challenges. With two siblings and their parents living in a one room apartment, things weren’t exactly rosy for them and the prospects of having a proper education was not high. At the young age of 8, Sir Shina Peters told his parents that education was not for him. He decided to pursue his music career which as at that time, was already growing with him being the church choir leader who played the keyboard and organ well.

I called my parents and told them I’m not going to school anymore.
That was all. Nothing really inspired me. It was a call from God. I was
so young, I guess I was close to 10-years-old when I took the decision.
Nobody wanted to hear me but immediately I got the call, my career
started. As I was walked out of the house at 2 am, I trekked from Oshodi
to Olorunshogo in Mushin. I saw an hotel and I went there. When I got
there, I took the drum from the guy that was playing it then and
everyone was like ‘Who is this little boy that plays the drum like
this?’ That’s how it all started.


On his journey towards building his music career, he left his parents and became a houseboy to Chief Ebenezer Obey. Whenever, Ebenezer was not around, he would play his guitar. A spot to shine soon opened as the guitarist in Ebenezer’s band, Prince Adekunle had an accident in 1970. In the audition that had 36 people hoping to be picked, Sir Peters was selected.
He joined General Prince Adekunle’s as a guitar player. Adekunle’s band played in Lagos hotels such as Western Hotel, Palm Beach Hotel and Executive Hotel. When Adekunle was ill, Peters sometimes acted as lead singer. The band which was a famous band at this time received numerous requests, one of which led them to travel to the UK. It was there that Sir Shina Peters, at the young age of 12, was bestowed a title.
Contrary to popular belief that the title knightly title was a self-acclaimed one, Sir Shina Peters is actually a knight. At an event organised by the United Nigerian Cultural Organisation in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he was made a knight. In one of his interviews, he revealed that the reason for his the title bestowed on him was because they were amazed at how well he could play the guitar at such a tender age.
wedding day with Sammie who he sang about in Ace.
Sir Shina Peters proved to be a man of determination as he was soon to leave General Adekunle’s band to form Shina Adewale, a band with Juju Maestro Segun Adewale. However, the duo enjoyed a short music union as they soon split. Shina Peters, after releasing many albums with Segun Adewale through the 1980s, went on to form his own band, Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars.




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As a young star...
What inspired you to create your own style of music -Afrojuju?
When Fuji came and they wanted to brush Afro Juju music aside and
when our front runners then couldn’t do anything about it, I said to
myself ‘I am a Juju musician let me see what I can do, so the genre
won’t die’. I then started my research which took me four years. I
didn’t do anything during that period except for my research.


Then I went to see my very close friend- the late Sikiru Ayinde
Barrister’s show. I wanted to see what people enjoy in his music. Then I
saw it was not the lyrical part of the music or the instrumentation
part of the music. I realised it was the African percussion that Yorubas
call ‘Omele’. Anytime he asked his band members to play that music,
everybody would shout.
I went to Phase 2 opposite Ariya owned by Tony Benson. I wanted to
see what the students were dancing to in the school. Then I found out
that they were so into the heavy vibes type of music. Then I went to the
late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He told me that ‘look Shina, find the music
that will suit your voice. There is nobody God has created without a
voice but it’s for you to find the music that suits your voice. If you
also want to sing, Shina mix Yoruba with Pidgin, so your music can cut
across’.
And that is exactly what I did. That’s why my music cuts across till
today. To cut it short, music is spiritual but some people don’t tap the
spirituality of music. There was a time I was playing the guitar around
12 am and I saw like thousands of white garment people and I said I
would love to follow them and later I got out of the trance. I then said
I will not play the guitar again. Playing the guitar is too spiritual
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with famous son,video director Clarence Peters.
for me. I can just go like that.
So that’s how I blended the African percussion with high-life, Jazz,
Juju, African beats, Akwete and other sounds to create Afro Juju. That
is why no matter what anyone anyone plays, as far as you’re an African
artiste you will find a trace of Afro Juju in it.
Today to God be the glory, the only idea that I added to all this is
the tempo. Maybe I am a little selfish because I wanted students,
Yoruba, Hausa and the other ethnic groups to like my music and it
worked.
Getting stardom at such a young age. How was life growing up?
Let me be honest with you. I am just doing my thing. I’m not into
music for money. I love doing it. To me I don’t feel like there is
anything like stardom. I don’t believe I’m there. I never allowed the
fame get into my head. I was seriously focused. I knew where I was going
and I got there.
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Women and sex
When I’m on stage, I’m different. That’s why I first told you
that music is spiritual but it’s the spirituality the younger artistes
don’t have.
They believe that when they finish playing, they’ll have millions of
telecommunications money to spend at the clubs. When we were young too,
we did the same. However, because of my strong C&S background, I am
not permitted to go to the extent that they are going now.
So that is what might have curbed me. It is only in this country we
do not believe in abuse. Women really dealt with me. When I didn’t even
know anything about sex, they used me a lot. I still have 100 of them
and I can mention their names. They took advantage of my youthful
exuberance. That’s the only thing but thanks to God I was able to
correct it. In my days, when you got to an artiste’s house, you get to see
nothing less than 4 women in the same house.
May God forgive any children of mine that has one or two negative
issues because they don’t know because if they really know me they’ll
know that’s how I was made.
If I see any of my children now I can die for them but if their
mothers want to use that to trap me, I won’t let her. So because I won’t
let her, I would offend the child. I am sure people can see what I am
going through.
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