Original Roots: Dele Sosimi Live at Ninety One Living Room

By on March 9, 2019

Ninety One Living Room Presents Original Roots: A new series of live music events on Friday nights with a world-jazz fusion angle. Opening the new series for us is an artist we have coveted for a long time and it’s our honour to welcome Dele Sosimi to the Living Room Stage.

Dele’s career began when he joined Fela’s 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.

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 the following Fela/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 Arrangeement, Government Chicken Boy, ITT (International Thief Thief), and Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense.

Dele Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene worldwide, and it’s an an absolute pleasure to invite him to open the Original Roots series at Ninety One Living Room.

Original Roots: Dele Sosimi Live at Ninety One Living Room will be held on Friday 15th of March 2019.

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