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Adeniyi Allen-Taylor popularly known as “Allen” is a multi-talented musician, songwriter and Saxophonist. His love for music stimulated his interest to learn and skilfully play different musical instruments including the keyboard, drums, guitars, percussion and the saxophone.
Allen is also a Studio Engineer, Music producer and Teacher at Allen Music Consult in Duleek Co. Meath. He is also the founder and Music Director of the African Gospel Choir Dublin. He was a member of the famous Oleku Band; an Afro beat/Highlife band based in Ireland and he now performs under the name Adeniyi Allen-Taylor/Adeniyi Allen-Taylor and his Afro beat Orchestra.
Allen started his music career as a church keyboardist at Glad Tiding Assembly in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He later attended a church known as TREM, while studying Mechanical Engineering at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State Nigeria, and served as the church’s keyboardist.
In 2000, Allen moved to Dublin where he continued with his studies and graduated with a BSc in Multimedia in Computer Programming in 2006 from IADT Dun Laoghaire. Upon completing his studies, Allen worked as an Accounts manager in Dell Computers and later moved to IBM before moving on to pursue his long heart desire – MUSIC. Allen has released 8 gospel albums since coming to Ireland – ‘As we seek your face’, in 2002, “Diversity” in 2004, “Oba Nla” in 2009 and “So Good” in 2010, Afro Gospel Jazz Night CD/DVD in 2011 (Live recording), Alone in His Presence, Emura in 2014, Just Hymns 2016.
Oba Nla Concert was founded in the year 2009 by Allen to showcase Gospel Music in an African setting and this has played a major role in taking African traditional Gospel music to another dimension in Ireland.
Allen has performed in various concerts and shows including Ethno Funk Festival in Hungary, Bray Summerfest, Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, Galway Ocean Race World Festival, Africa Day celebrations in Cork, Cork City Multicultural Day, St Patrick’s Annual Festival and RTE TV Sunday Service. Afrogospel Festivals Germany, Gospel-Afrika Germany, Mela 2017 in Belfast. Allen also performed at “The Buzz” Music Festival at KICC International Gathering of Champions UK in 2010 alongside Psalmist Chris Morgan and on the same stage with Pastor Donnie McClurkin just to mention a few. Allen was interviewed on RTE Nationwide in April 2011 as part of Oleku band’s international trip to Eger in Hungary.
Awards he has received include the Glototal Gospel Spirit Award 2007, CAMfest Ireland Instrumentalist of the Year Award in 2008, Oba Nla Concert 2011 & 2012 Event of the Year (Ireland African Music Awards)
Allen is based in the Republic of Ireland and happily married to Tomilola. They are blessed with two Children Iteoluwakiishi and Oluwakamiyefore.