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36 States - AfroPop, Nigeria
Louis Edet Otioro aka 36 States is an incredibly versatile French/Nigerian artist influenced by the kind of Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Jimmy Cliff and Shaba Ranks. He is a full-round artist. Writer, composer, singer and performer always looking for new sounds between modernity and tradition, Europe and Africa.
His nomadic style of life between France, UK and various African countries, illustrates his musical influences. His years spend in Paris were full of musical collaborations with French artists and indeed he sings in both English and French. The list of artists he has worked with includes Alibi Montana and Disiz.
In 2004, 36 States produced also “Hey! Toi l’Américan”, the soundtrack of French comedy movie “L’Americain” directed by Patrick Timsit.
36 States spent also few years in Guinea Conakry where is set up a label (States Productions) and a recording studio with the objective of developing the career of young African artists.
After dedicating himself to others, he decided to return to the sources of his music to make his first solo album entitled "My Introduction" that was recorded in France, Mali, Belgium and Guinea Conakry and released in 2010. This album of 18 tracks is the fruit of its musical peregrinations. A fruit with multiple flavors that could be attributed to the Reggae, Hip Hop, Afro-beat, R'n'B, Pop but also World Music.
In 2014, 36 States returned to his native Nigeria and is now working in getting on a new Pan African sound with the support of his new management company Panamusiq.