QUEEN SALAWA ABENI
Nigeria’s Queen Salawa Abeni is one of Africa’s greatest singers. Salawa is the only African woman to be officially crowned a Queen for creating the waka music – an innovative music style that merges folkloric and praise singing together. The result has taken Nigeria by storm. Queen Salawa Abeni released her first LP at the age of 14 and has released 75 albums since then.
On tour she plays with a cracking 12-piece band.
Queen Salawa Abeni on the YouTube
Legendary South African guitarist and composer and the leader of The African Jazz Allstars and musical director of The South African Gospel Singers LUCKY RANKU has assemble a cracking group of young musicians from a wide range of background from Africa. The new 7-piece group will feature piano, bass, saxophones, kit drum and percussion all powered by the signature guitar sound of Lucky Ranku.
“Lucky Ranku is arguably Africa’s greatest guitarist” The South African Times
Lucky Ranku on YouTube
THE AFRICAN JAZZ ALLSTARS
The African Jazz Allstars are the finest Africa’s jazz orchestra. Their combination of blistering big band funk, imaginative jazz solos and irresistible African rhythms made the 11-piece one of the most explosive African ensembles on the planet. The African Jazz Allstars features all original music by its stellar line-up. Leading the band is the founder and Africa’s finest jazz guitarist LUCKY RANKU who leads this great ensemble featuring CLAUDE DEPPA, BUKKY LEO, FAYYAZ VIRJI, TONY KOFI, GREG BONNIE.
The African Jazz Allstars on the YouTube –
THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOSPEL SINGERS
The original African super choir formed in 1979 to fight apartheid by Pinise Saul and Barbara Pukwana, the South African Gospel Singers maintains its position as one of the world’s greatest gospel choirs. The choir retains its original spirit of creating uplifting music that lifts your soul while it continues to draw on Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho vocal traditions as well as embracing township and traditional harmonies, gospel, jazz and soul to create something that is beautiful and moving in the grand style of the very best South African music.
Pinise Saul’s and her singers’ close harmonies combined with their skin-tight band, led by guitarist Lucky Ranku create a performance that is both soulful and joyous.
The South African Gospel Singers on the YouTube
THE MASTER DRUMMERS OF AFRICA
The world’s greatest drum orchestra in full flow is one of the most thrilling and unforgettable spectacles in world music today. The Master Drummers of Africa features ten drummers from ten African nations and draws from 5000 years of tribal rhythms to create ecstatic and freewheeling music straight from the heart of African cultures in a dynamic stage show.
Using over 100 ethnic drums, the orchestra creates uplifting and infectious rhythms that are mysterious, spiritual, celebratory and utterly compelling.
The Master Drummers of Africa on the YouTube
The Nigerian singer Funmi Olawumi creates something new with her mix afrobeat, juju, highlife and fuji to create the hypnotic dance rhythm the thrilling named ‘Naija” – names after the slang for Nigeria. Funmi Olawumi’s 12-piece touring band features the harmony vocal group “NAIJA SOUL SISTERS” and a cracking 6-piece band. Expect this much-loved Nigerian star and her pounding party band to tear the roof off any festivals and concert halls with their uplifting music!
Funmi Olawumi on YouTube:
THE YORUBA WOMEN CHOIR
Nigeria’s the Yoruba Women Choir, founded by director Funmi Olawumi, is one of Africa’s greatest choirs. The Yoruba Women Choir’s 10 singers’ rich harmonies and the infectious grooves of the 6-piece band create music that uplifts the soul, inspires the mind and energises the body – a joy to the world.
The Yoruba Women Choir are Ayinke Martins, Joy Aigbekan, Nike Fagbuaro, Biola Dosumu, Dupe Lawnson, Mary Tade, Tinu Adewoye, Abiola Awolola, Esther Mabadeje, Kehinde Talabi and Funmi Olawumi. The choir are backed by a terrific six-piece band featuring Niran Obasa (keyboards), Ebenezer Oke (guitar), Kayode Adeniran (bass), John Bello (drums), Wole Aina (percussion) and Wale Ogungbe and Imole Ayo (talking drum).
THE YORUBA WOMEN CHOIR on the YouTube
YOMI BASHIRU AND NAIJA GROOVES
One of Nigeria’s iconic drummers Yomi BASHIRU earned his nick name “The Minister of Rhythms” as the drummer for the Kings of Fuji Music Kollington Ayinla, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister and King Wasiu Ayinde. A key player in taking fuji music from its local interest into international concert filling music.
With his 9-piece “Naija Grooves” he leads from the front on Latin timbales and his band creates infectious groves from the fusion of fuji, juju and afrobeat rhythms. Their music is driven by the rich eloquence of the talking drums. The music glides and slides from heavy funk of afrobeat to folkloric rhythms of fuji. Expect heavy duty rhythms from one of Africa’s greatest drummers.
YOMI BASHIRU AND NAIJA GROOVES on YouTube
Nigerian funk/jazz alto saxophonist Ben Audu makes
his UK club debut at the head of a terrific 9-piece band.
Ben Audu takes the Fela Kuti’s relentless African swing
and Maceo Parker’s punchy groves and creates something
new and uplifting. The music is driving by the infectious
afrobeat groves combination of traditional, Yoruba music,
jazz, highlife, funk and chanted vocals fused with
percussion and laced with intricate jazz solos.
BEN AUDU on the YouTube
The Drumtastic are groove driven 9-piece from Lagos, Nigeria
lead by Ayanwale Ogungbe, the talking drummer of choice for
King Sunny Ade, Queen Salawa Abeni, Funmi Olawumi
and The Yoruba Women Choir.
In the Drumtastic’s world rhythms and grooves reign supreme
as they combine funk, afrobeat, hi-life, juju to create something
new and uplifting. The Drumtastic creates fire work of rhythms.
THE DRUMTASTIC on the YouTube
Niran Obasa: Solo piano | Trio | Sextet | Big Band
Pianist Niran Obasa was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. He started playing organ at his local church before progressing to be one of the most in demand organists in Nigerian Christian movement as well as a studio session musician appearing on numerous recordings with various singers.
In 2010 joined the Yoruba Women Choir as the music arranger and The Rhythms as a synth player/vocalist.
As a pianist Niran Obasa focuses exclusively on his original compositions
NIRAN OBASA on YouTube
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PIANO AND VOCALS Baritone Singer Chikezie Chike – Michael –