In our blog posts on things we like and people we like... we decided to write about Alheri's talented Saxophonist friend Amina.
Amina Abdusalami a.k.a Smallz, MiniSax, Toyin...is my awesome friend. She is so small but full of talent. Amina plays the saxophone. Now I did say she was small right! but when she hangs her saxophone in preparation to play, you keep wondering how possible, it is for her to handle the instrument. As soon as she starts playing, she keeps you watching in awe. I say she is talented because when she plays, she touches people (I mean people actually cry). Below is bit of my interview session with her:
Full Name and Age: Amina Oluwatoyin Abdusalami, 19
Maali: When did you start playing?
Amina: The first time I played a saxophone was in May 2007. I fell in love with it and I really wanted to learn. After that, I started playing professionally in November 2007.
Maali: Who are your role models music-wise and generally?
Amina: Musically, I think Kenny G is my role model. Generally, my mother (Rev. Atinuke Abdusalami) is my role model. I aspire to be like her.
Maali: What inspires you and motivates you?
Amina: My motivation is my love for music and my passion for changing lives through the power of music. I believe music, really is food for the soul.
Maali: What are your main challenges ?
Amina: It is kind of hard to thrive as a Gospel artiste in the secular world. Also the saxophone is more common with men so of course it has some physical side effects.
Maali: What are your aspirations?
Amina: I want to become a minister in music and to also go worldwide. This summer, I will be working in a studio because I really hope to go full time into music and the gospel arena.
Her latest Performance at a show
The next day at the show
*Amina Abdulsalami is a student at The American University of Nigeria Yola