Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra
Afrobeat / WORMFOOD STAGE / 7-8pm
Dele Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the afrobeat scene worldwide. His career began when he joined Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Egypt 80, where he played keyboards for 7 years (1979-1986). Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was the founder of the style of music known as afrobeat. The music is a blend of complex but highly danceable funk grooves, Nigerian traditional music (including hi-life), African percussion, underpinning the jazz horns and solos from other instruments, as well as rhythmical singing. Dele was the rhythm keyboard player for Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Egypt 80 and worked and toured extensively with Fela around the world.
Currently based in London, Dele is an educator and instructor in afrobeat (via his Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Foundation, and as a visiting lecturer in Music and Media, London Metropolitan University). Dele performs in one of three formats, each as compelling and funky as the others, a 15-piece Afrobeat Orchestra (featuring a 5-piece horn section and dancers), a 6-9 piece band or a trio/quartet with bass and drums/percussion.
Dele’s debut long-player for Wah Wah 45s, You No Fit Touch Am, was released in May 2015. It’s produced by Benedic Lamdin AKA Nostalgia 77 and cleverly combines the organic, urgent afro-funk sound of the former with the latter’s perfectly pitched production. The album is already receiving strong support on BBC 6Music and beyond.