Rigorous
Volume Three, Issue 1



Eki Shola


Marching On


Gift of Grief

“Marching On” was one of the first songs I wrote after the 2017 Sonoma County wildfires. Barely escaping alive and ultimately losing everything, I needed a space to make sense of all that was going on in my head - shock, heightened awareness of the brevity of life; fear, courage, and persistence. “Marching On” represents resilience, the struggle and richness of life, and hope. Lena Oneson’s addition of playing self-made percussion fashioned from burnt silverware and rusted tambourines salvaged from our property, made the recording experience that more poignant. It has been a pleasure to perform this song at the Out of the Fire benefit, which supports local musicians in need of musical instruments destroyed by the wildfires.


Eki Shola: "Playing piano since 5 years old, I grew up in a musical family. Later, as a Cornell University student, I played in the jazz ensemble performing with Steve Turre and Dr. Donald Byrd under the direction of Dr. Karlton Hester. Within two years of embarking on a music career, I released my debut album, Final Beginning, in August 2016 which has been reviewed, charted and aired on radio stations across the world. I was awarded the 2017 and 2018 NorBay Music Award for Best Electronica Artist. I Have opened for renowned artists, Kitaro and Bebel Gilberto and performed at the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. I have performed in the UK, San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and at radio stations, clubs, festivals, house concerts, wellness events, podcasts, schools, etc. My songs have been included in both the 2018 Out of the Fire benefit and the North Bay Songwriters compilation CD in benefit of KRCB FM. Lastly, my story was recently shared on KRCB TV as part of the PBS special, The New Normal: Visions of Healing."




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