BEL AIR—Guitarist and songwriter Steve Onotera, born and raised in Manitoba has made a splash with his blues cover of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme.
In it, Onotera juggles guitar, harmonica, and bass drum while friend Jeff Gagne provides the vocals. The result is a unique take on from a popular song from the 90s sitcom. The video, which was posted June 8, has just under 95,000 hits and almost 1,800 likes.
“Uncle Phil would be proud of this kind of jam,” Reddit user Dinosaur_Dance_Party said.
“I like to imagine Carlton dancing to it,” Onotera replied.
And while a carefully-edited mash-up of the two will surely appear, for now, there’s the next best thing, courtesy of Reddit user Tyberos.
The blues cover is the latest creative endeavor from Onotera, who is also known by the YouTube handle samuraiguitarist. To date, he has uploaded 16 videos, and each one showcases his musical flexibility. In one, he plays an excerpt from Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” using five acoustic guitars. YouTuber Ricky Pannowitz praised the piece’s “originality of approach and dexterous execution.”
“You are a seriously laterally unconventional thinker,” he told Onotera, “great effort.”
It was that unconventional thinking that led Onotera to cover Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” using nothing but an iPad.
“I hope there’s enough cowbell for you!” Onotera joked in the comments.