Tosan Arugha, a 31-year-old man who plays the saxophone almost note perfect but differently from how you might expect.
The 31-year-old has been
dubbed the human saxophone because he makes a sound remarkably similar to the
woodwind instrument using just his mouth.
Through coordinated blowing similar to whistling, Arugha thrills
audiences with renditions of popular Afrobeats songs from Nigerian performers
such as Teni Entertainer and Burna Boy.
The unusual talent has made his Instagram videos an
instant hit, with thousands reposting them on the social media site.
He has also received cash donations from fans impressed
with his mouth saxophone skills.
Arugha’s story is, however, tinged with tragedy. In 2010, he
survived a bomb blast in Nigeria’s oil-rich but volatile Delta region.
The militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger
Delta (MEND), claimed responsibility
for the attack which left Arugha hospitalized for six months.
He sustained injuries, including burns to his face, but said
music kept him going during the hospital stay.
“Before my third surgery, I realized I could blow music
with my mouth. I made music to keep myself happy. I did not want to fall into
the circle of boredom. I was in hospital for six months after the
incident,” he told CNN.
Once he recovered, Arugha
took his newly-discovered talent to his church, where he quickly gained
recognition at Christian gatherings.
But Arugha didn’t gain
prominence until his brother encouraged him to join social media earlier this
“He introduced me to
social media influencers… who urged me to open an Instagram account to sell
myself publicly,” he said.
A graduate of Delta State
Polytechnic, southeast Nigeria, and Arugha says he is currently perfecting his
talent by rehearsing songs and practicing to get better.
“I spend my time
working on new music now because I can be called to perform at any time,”