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26th-28th JULY 2019, SOMERSET UK

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DELE SOSIMI AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA

Dele Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene worldwide. Dele‘s career began when he joined Fela‘s Anikulapo-Kuti‘s Egypt 80 (1979–1986) and then subsequently with Fela‘s son Femi Anikulapo-Kuti‘s Positive Force (1986-1994). In both bands he was musical director and keyboard player.
 
Since Fela created Afrobeat, Dele‘s Afrobeat pedigree is therefore impeccable. The music is a blend of complex but highly danceable funk grooves, Nigerian traditional music (including hi-life) and African percussion underpinning the jazz horns.
 
Sosimi is abetted by his full Afrobeat orchestra, a group of musicians who all have chops to spare and the communication between them is near telepathic.
 
A mammoth two-hour set awaits…