28th & 29th JULY 2017, GILCOMBE FARM, SOMERSET, UK

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…