Introducing the newest RSL Honorary Fellow: Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE.
We are beyond excited to announce the awarding of an RSL Fellowship to the incredible and inspiring Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE - that’s right - O! B! E!
And if you are aware of Muyiwa’s fantastic career already (if you’re not, you soon will be!), then it will come as no surprise as to why we are so excited to be able to do this.
Muyiwa is HUGE in the world of gospel music. An experienced performer, broadcaster and presenter, he is station director of the biggest gospel radio station in the UK, Premier Gospel, which gathers an impressive 180,000 listeners per month! For five years Muyiwa has also featured as a celebrity judge on BBC’s Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year Competition.
Another string to Muyiwa’s extensive bow is his involvement as leader of Riversongz, a group whom as a collective have toured with Stevie Wonder, and worked with other fantastic artists such as Amy Winehouse, Pixie Lott and Emeli Sandé. The group have released five hugely successful albums, one of which held the top spot on the HMV Jazz & Blues chart for five months! In 2009 Riversongz made history by becoming the first international artists to appear on the American BET channel at the annual “Celebration of Gospel”, and in 2010 they became the first gospel group to sell out the Indigo O2 venue in London.
With all of this (and way more!) on his CV, Muyiwa is truly an exceptional example of how music education can lead towards an outstanding career.
Chairman of RSL, Norton York, presented this award to Muyiwa at Premier Gospel Radio (in a very socially distanced manner, of course!), and we had the pleasure of sitting down to chat for a while. We talked about the gift of access, finding your true voice and enjoying the moment. Oh, and of course about being the first gospel artist to be awarded an OBE!
There is so much more to learn about Muyiwa, so we’d encourage you to head to his website to see all of the wonderful things he is getting up to here.
We’re so honoured to have him as an RSL Fellow, and can’t wait to follow along with the incredible years that we know are ahead of him.
Check out the incredible line up of musicians and educators that Muyiwa will be joining here!