About the EFG London Jazz Festival
The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, which has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK’s landmark music events. On the 22nd November 2019 it is with great pleasure that we welcome Dele Sosimi to the living room stage.
About the artist
An original member of Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 – the founding fathers of Afrobeat.
Dele Sosimi’s career began when he joined Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Egypt 80, where he played phenomenal keyboards for 7 years (1979-1986), the band rising to fame and the founding fathers 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 and toured extensively with around the world with Fela, introducing Afrobeat to the millions…
During Fela’s incarceration in 1984, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti – Fela’s son and Dele’s childhood/school friend took over the reins temporarily and led the band Egypt 80. During this period, Dele developed his arranging skills as the musical director of the band. He re-orchestrated and re-arranged for the Egypt 80 and also handled the recruiting and training of new musicians in Egypt 80. Dele played keyboards on innumerable Fela Kuti and Egypt 80 hits, including Parambulator, Power Show, Original Sufferhead, Customs Check Point, MOP 1 (Movement of the People), Give Me Shit I Give You Shit, Authority Stealing, Army Arrangement, Government Chicken Boy, ITT (International Thief Thief), and Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense. Expect to hear all of these hits and more at this concert.
Dele Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene worldwide, and it’s an honour to be able to call him a friend of the venue at Ninety One Living Room, after a successful summer residency in the space and an ongoing partnership.
Dele Sosimi – keys and vocals
Kunle Olofinjana – drums and vocals
Alfa Sackey – percussion and congas
Femi Elias – double bass and electric bass
- Live Performance 9 pm
- DJ from 11 pm to 1:30 am