DELE SOSIMI – A REFRESHING FUSION OF AFRO-BEAT LEGACIES

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Dele Sosimi was rhythm keyboard player for Nigerian Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti and his band EGYPT 80 between 1979-1986. He left to form The Positive Force with Fela’s son Femi Kuti.

Now based in London and playing with his own Afrobeat Orchestra, expect nothing but the funkiest rhythm guitars, fiery percussion, call and response vocals and blazing horns, faithful to the original blueprint, but also clearly bears Dele’s own DNA.

He has performed worldwide, including at London’s Jazz café and South Bank, Joe Zawinuls Birdland in Vienna, Montreux Jazz Festival, Womad, the Mostly Jazz Festival and leading a large contingent of Jazz Musicians in celebrating the musical legacy of Fela Kuti at the 2011 edition of the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.

His bi-monthly sessions Afrobeat Vibration have also grown to be London’s top underground event with Fela Classics, original tracks from his CDs IDENTITY & TURBULENT TIMES and fresh Single…

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