Concert Hall - Standing
LATE SHOW: 7pm-2am
Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra
Dele Sosimi, the UK's multiple award-winning Afrobeat Ambassador has been consistently flying the Afrobeat flag in the UK since 1995, leading to roles as Musical Director and Afrobeat Music Consultant for the US award winning acclaimed musical FELA! at the National Theatre, South Bank in London (2010-2011). His “Afrobeat Vibration”, now in its fifth year, is London’s top underground event. Dele’s Afrobeat pedigree is impeccable. He was keys player and a musical director in Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 and subsequently with Fela’s son Co founding & leading Femi Kuti’s Positive Force. Dele’s pulsating live shows demonstrate his vision of Afrobeat - one that is faithful to the original blueprint, but also clearly bears Dele’s own DNA, expanding the horizons of the genre. He is one of the most active musicians on the Afrobeat scene, with his involvement with other artists and his work on his own critically acclaimed compositions spawning several remixes.
Olushola Ajose, better known by his stage name Afrikan Boy is a grime MC who was born in Nigeria, but grew up in Woolwich, London. He made a guest appearance on the track "Hussel" from the M.I.A. album Kala, and is one of the initial artists M.I.A. wanted signed to her label N.E.E.T. Recordings in 2007.
Bumi is a dynamic contemporary African, acoustic Jazz-folk-soul singer songwriter whose style is inspired by her multicultural heritage. To enjoy Bumi's music is to experience a mix of sound that combines jazz, high life rhythms, Afro-beat, reggae and blues melodies, infused with folk and delivered with soul. A sound rich in texture and stimulating lyrics.
Born in Glasgow, and raised between the tranquillity of a Nomadic desert town and the colourful excitement of Lagos in Nigeria; Bumi is now based in London after completing a degree in Fine Art Media & Visual Communication. Her music represents the journey of a modern African creative in the U.K.
The London-based rapper, singer and poet creates conscious hip hop and soul in a variety of ways. She is part of Peoples Army Movement & former member of Caxton Press. Supported acts like Slum Village, Mos Def, Jedi Mind Tricks & Public Enemy.
Amy has worked with the likes of Akala, Asian Dub Foundation, Kwake Bass Logic, Big Cakes, Nate & Lowkey. She a Won Reader's Choice Award & the award for Best UK Female Rapper in Wordplay Magazine 2012. She is part of Benjmain Zephaniah’s live band, The Revolutionary Minds.
Koichi Sakai is a Tokyo born, London based DJ, producer and musician who is widely recognised for his highly developed, unique style which reflects the varied influences that have continuously informed his creativity and career. His musical style is soulful, jazzy and percussive; playing a distinctive and smooth mix of soul, jazz, funk, reggae, Latin, afrobeat and deep house.
ABOUT SALUTING THE BLACK PRESIDENT:
After sell out shows at the Electric Ballroom, 229 and The British Library, the Innervisions Festival is Saluting the Black President himself, Fela Kuti, tonight with the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra and very special guests to be announced shortly.
Curated by Rikki Stein, who managed Fela Kuti and whose 46 album back catalogue he continues to administer, Saluting the Black President will feature a selection of some of Fela Kuti's finest work including ‘Zombie’, ‘Roforofo Fight’, ‘Expensive Shit’, ‘Water No Get Enemy’, ‘Lady’, ‘Kalakuta Show’, ‘Sorrow, Tears and Blood’ and more.
Fela Kuti was born in Nigeria in 1938. He moved to England in 1958 where he studied at the Trinity School of Music. In 1963 he returned to Nigeria where he fronted the Highlife and Jazz Band, Koola Lobitos. In 1969 he toured the USA and after meeting the Black Panther Party re-named his group Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Nigeria 70. He created his own unique style of music which he named Afrobeat.
In 1974, Fela built a fence around his house and declared it to be an independent state: The Kalakuta Republic. Kalakuta was the name of a cell Fela had occupied after being arrested in April 1974. In 1975, Fela changed his middle name to Anikulapo (He who carries death in his pouch).
In 1977, Fela and the Afrika ’70 released the album Zombie, a powerful attack on Nigerian soldiers. The government was infuriated and Kalakuta was raided by about 1,000 soldiers, who burnt down Fela’s house and beat many of its occupants, even throwing Fela’s elderly mother out of a window.
Fela Kuti has released some of the best and most important music of the past century and has been revered by musicians the world over such as Paul McCartney, ?Uestlovefrom The Roots, Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Miles Davis, Bono from U2 and many more.
Fela’s death on 2nd August 1997 was mourned by the Nigerian nation, with over a million people attending his funeral.
This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.