Salvador Sango


Born Sotirios Papadopoulos, he started out his musical career, as a Guitarist, in a teenage rock band in his native Greece. Over the years, he spent time honing his skills, especially in Rock and Traditional Jazz. Whilst studying Physics in Germany, he collaborated with popular Instrumentalists like Japanese legend Eric Ishihara. Later, whilst now studying for a PhD in Physics at Oxford University, his skills were discovered by Reggae legends- Steel Pulse, who invited him to play session on their legendary "Handsworth Revolution" album.

He moved to the USA to conduct Post-Doctoral research in Atomic Physics, but music called once more, as he performed with Steel Pulse, as well as the Jazz legend Art Blakey.

He first came to Africa in 1983- Nigeria- to be precise, where he performed on stage with Afro-beat legend- Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, at the Afrikan Shrine. This influenced him such that he returned to Nigeria in 1987, to take up position as Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Port Harcourt. He however took the time to indulge his substantial musical talents, performing with the Port Harcourt Jazz ensemble as a Guitarist. He was to famously perform with Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie when he toured Nigeria in 1989.

Salvador founded his eponymously named band Salvador Sango in 2001, playing a blend of Afro-Latin styles, fused with Rock, with lyrics in Yoruba language. His ethos being that in Yoruba language lies the roots of Latin Rhythm.

He has performed on some of Nigeria's biggest stages, building a powerful following drawn to his mastery of the Guitar, infectious Afro-latin Rhythms and use of Yoruba language.


We are in the studio recording our latest album.. more to come when we are close to finishing

NGLagos, Nigeria
In operation since: 


Dr Sotirios Papadopoulos

Followers (7)