'Songs of Friendship, Family, Spirituality, and Love' - Episode 9 with Bwejua Fachano (Part 1)

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May 20 2022 • 43 mins


INTRODUCTION

Bwejua Fachano is a lot of things; he’s a talented musician, a cancer survivor, and an international student - but more than that, he’s a dreamer. Through his journey from Abuja, Nigeria to being months away from graduating from Los Angeles City College, Bwejua’s experiences reflect that of a man who dares to dream. Bwejua and Simon explore topics of friendship, family, spirituality, and love, in part one of their two-part podcast!

EPISODE SUMMARY

  • 02:50 - Live Performance of ‘Back to LA’ by Bwejua Fachano.
  • 06:30 - Bwejua shares the foods that he’d most want visitors of his home country to experience.
  • 11:10 - Bwejua speaks of the struggles of being an international student away from home.
  • 11:37 - How did Bwejua’s parents influence him to pursue music?
  • 12:27 - How did Bwejua transition from dancing to creating music, and how did his early music career start?
  • 13:56 - What was Bwejua’s main language growing up in Abuja, Nigeria?
  • 16:04 - Bwejua speaks on being part of the Jukun Tribe and the values of his people.
  • 19:35 - ‘Pen Pal’ by Bwejua Fachano.
  • 22:55 - Bwejua speaks on his ‘dream’ - the dream of coming to the U.S., and his greater dream of…
  • 25:00 - Bwejua reflects on some of the biggest surprises he faced in the U.S.
  • 26:41 - Bwejua speaks of his experiences being racially profiled, and what he’d change about the U.S.
  • 28:49 - The topic of ‘love’ is a big theme in Bwejua’s music. Where does that come from?
  • 31:46 - ‘The News’ by Bwejua Fachano.
  • 35:13 - Bwejua outlines the struggles we faced during isolation.
  • 36:43 - Bwejua speaks on the work that went into producing his album.

LINKS

Los Angeles City College

Abuja, Nigeria

Jollof Rice

Hausa

Jukun Tribe

California College of Music

Bwejua's First Album

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