Dr. Tee Mac Omatshola ISELI (MFR), the Nigerian-Swiss Multi-Talented Maestro Flutist


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Dr. Tee Mac Omatshola ISELI (MFR), is Nigeria’s multi-talented maestro flutist with cross-cultural Itsekiri and Swiss roots. During a rich career spanning over 40 years, Tee Mac formed numerous bands including Tee Mac & Afro Collection in the 1970s with notable Nigerian Artists. He recorded his first LP United with Polydor International in Germany with his European band Tee Mac United, in the late seventies. Tee Mac combined his first degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, with a specialization in classical music concert performance and philharmonic composition from the University of Lausanne.

Tee Mac hit the global music charts with two songs Fly Robin Fly, and Get Up & Boogies (owes 50% of the copyright). And toured extensively with his third band Silver Convention in the mid seventies. He worked with celebrated Nigerian singer Shirley Bassey as her musical arranger and conductor. He also worked as a composer for Cidi Craft Enterprise and later for Universal films in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Even though Tee Mac spent a lot of time touring across the globe (Far East, Latin America, Europe, North America and South Africa), he always invested in local Nigerian initiatives. Becoming one of the pioneers of the Classical Music Society of Nigeria. Which eventually founded the MUSON Center, Nigeria’s leading music school. In 2007, Tee Mac was elected President of the Musician Union of Nigeria PMAN. Investing time and energy into helping develop the Nigerian entertainment industry.

In 2009, he was appointed the Nigerian director of the Motherland Group, (initiated by Michal Jackson’s brother, Marlon, of the world famous Jackson 5). With support from the Lagos State Government to build a Historical Slave Museum in Badagry. In 2000 he was elected Chairman of FAMECorp, owned by top Nigerian Musicians and Nollywood stars, to build cinema houses and concert halls all over Nigeria.

Awards & Honors

Tee Mac was awarded the Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) national honor by Nigeria’s President, Musa Yar’dua in 2009 for his vital role in brokering peace with the Niger Delta militants and fighting for their rehabilitation.

In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate in Arts from Bradley University in Illinois, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. And teaches philharmonic composition as visiting Associate Professor. Tee Mac invested in Solid Minerals (he is the Chairman of Allied Minerals Ltd. Director in D&H Energy Nig. Ltd. and the West African representatives of Daewoo & Hemla (Norway) Gas and Oil solutions.

Albums

  • United (1973)
  • Save Me (1974)
  • Party Fever (1977)
  • Mixed Grill (1979)
  • Night Illusion (1983)
  • Blind Date (1985)
  • The Lesser known Flute Composers (classical, 1989)
  • The Quanz Flute Concertos (1991)
  • Slightly Sinful (pop, 1999)
  • Just Like a Dream (2007)
  • The City of Mer Kailash (ballet, 2009)

New works/ Work in Progress

  • The Synagogue of all Nations Symphony
  • The Biafra Symphony
  • 2 Flute Concerto for extended Philharmonic Orchestras.

Impact

Dr Tee Mac Omatshola Iseli is at the moment working with a joint venture group (WestMinster Dredge & HEMLA) on the clean up of OGONI Land. Involved with the 600 communities affected by the Bonga Oil spill and working on the manufacturing of a cheap, affordable multipurpose Solar screen. To drive a water pump to be distributed in the areas where there is no clean drinking water. The project will take off in May when the prototypes have been produced and delivered to Nigeria.

Dr. Tee Mac Omatshola ISELI is part of a Medium Term Note trading group creating funds for humanitarian purposes. Initiaves like building hostels for Universities in Nigeria, an Industrial park in the Niger Delta and small scale business in the Oils spill affected areas of the Niger Delta to create employment. 

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