releases a new cd “Funmi Ti DE” on Joyful Noise Recordings (JNR1)
The Yoruba Women Choir’s leader FUNMI OLAWUMI releases a new cd “Funmi Ti DE” on Joyful Noise Recordings (JNR1) CD can be ordered at a cost of £12.50 (cd and postage) at on firstname.lastname@example.org
Live Performance of “Funmi Ti De”
Sun 23rd Sept, 7.30pm
RONNIE SCOTT’S CLUB
47 Frith Street, London W1V 4HT
As the executive producer I am simply proud of this recording and this marks the first release for Joyful Noise Recordings.
Track Listing of Funmi Ti De (JNR)
(1) Ijo Ayo (Funmi Olawumi and Ayanlere Alajede) [7.11]
(2) Mo Dupe (Funmi Olawumi) [5.04]
(3) Imole Ti De (Funmi Olawumi and Wale Ogungbe) [6.35]
(4) Makan Mi (Funmi Olawumi and Femi Sofela) [7.57]
(5) Amebo (Funmi Olawumi and Femi Sofela) [8.45]
(6) Sugar Mi (Funmi Olawumi) [6.45]
(7) To Ba Di Lola (Funmi Olawumi) [6.04]
(8) Ori Ade (Funmi Olawumi) [4.33]
(9) Funmi Ti De (Funmi Olawumi and Femi Sofela) [10.56]
Musicians on Funmi Ti De
Lead Vocals: FUNMI OLAWUMI
Backing Vocals: KEHINDE TALABI and ESTHER MABADEJE of NAIJA SOUL SISTERS
Kit Drums: ABIODUN OJIKUTU
Electric Bass: FEMI SOFELA
Keyboards: GBENGA OGUNBAMERU
Guitars: TAIYE AGBAJE, LEKAN SOBIYI and TOSIN OGUNBAMERU
Alto Saxophone: MIKE AREMU
Conga: ADEWALE IBIDAPO IBIRONKE
THE FAAJI DRUMMERS OF NIGERIA
(Ayanlere Alajede, Hakeem Salami, Suleiman Ayantade, Saheed Gbadamosi, Gbenga Adejumo, Taofeek Azeez, Tajudeen Lateef, Ayandele Origbade and Wale Ogungbe).
Produced by Femi Sofela
All arrangements by Funmi Olawumi and Femi Sofela
Engineered by Gbenga Ogunbameru and Tristan Warren
Recorded at Kross Studios and Exo Studios
Mixed at Exo Studios by Tristan Warren and Femi Sofela
Mastered at One Louder Studios by Alan Emptage
Photos by Neil Lewis of Gibsons Photography
Executive Producers: Barbara Pukwana and Biyi Adepegba
I am lamenting that people don’t see you when you are struggling. As soon as things start going well they start directing their negative energy towards you. I wrote this with Ayanlere Alajede, one of Nigeria’s greatest talking drummers and the leader of the Faaji Drummers of Nigeria.
MO DUPE (FUNMI OLAWUMI)
A song that gives thanks to God for my life, my children and for making this record possible. We should always give thanks for what we have instead of complaining about what we don’t have.
IMOLE TI DE (FUNMI OLAWUMI AND WALE OGUNGBE)
This is a spiritual song I wrote with percussionist Wale Ogungbe. I am saying that those who are making people suffer will have to answer for their action if not in this life, then in the later life. The “imole” is the light of Jesus Christ, the son of God.
MAKAN MI (FUNMI OLAWUMI AND FEMI SOFELA)
I wrote this with my producer Femi Sofela after a friend told him about an incident near my house in Lagos. I was in a traffic jam when I heard this girl saying to this man not to touch her booty as it was a private property that belongs to her man, “don’t touch what you can’t afford“.
AMEBO (FUNMI OLAWUMI AND FEMI SOFELA)
Amebo is a community gossiper who talks about everyone while trying to hide his or her own shame. Femi Sofela’s funky bass riffs capture the way an Amebo gossips on the mobile phone 24/7.
SUGAR MI (FUNMI OLAWUMI)
A love song I wrote for the man I love. I am telling him that I love him because of his calm personality and the way he makes me laugh.
TO BA DI LOLA (FUNMI OLAWUMI)
A dance song based on traditional riffs. I am saying that my best is yet to come and I am just starting with this project. This track is dedicated to my choir, the Yoruba Women Choir.
ORI ADE (FUNMI OLAWUMI)
This is a big beat song based on traditional riffs that I modernized with cross rhythms of juju, fuji and afrobeat.
FUNMI TI DE (FUNMI OLAWUMI AND FEMI SOFELA)
In September 2011 during the London African Music Festival we were given a demo cd by Funmi Olawumi, the leader of the Yoruba Women Choir. The cd contains 9 perfectly formed songs recorded in home studio in Akure, Nigeria with machine playing all the instruments. After listening to this recording I decided to record all these original songs with musicians and in analogue studios rather than following a sample production route.
Since our imprint is Jika Records that recorded and released records by Dudu Pukwana, The South African Gospel Singers, Township Express and Claude Deppa we decided to bring out this new recording under our live event production name and here is the first release under Joyful Noise Recordings.
Funmi Olawumi has been one of the singers in the Nigerian wedding party music scene. From 2000 to 2005 she was the leader of the vocals group, THE QUEENS OF LAGOS.
In 2007 she formed the YORUBA WOMEN CHOIR. Since 2007 Funmi Olawumi has restricted all her performances and touring with The Yoruba Women Choir. This recording provides the opportunity to create something new from a big ensemble like the Yoruba Women Choir.
Bassist FEMI SOFELA of the African Jazz Allstars was given the task to breathe life to these songs. The Faaji Drummers of Nigeria came together in London
FUNMI OLAWUMI on the making of her debut solo CD “FUNMI TIDE” (JNR1)
I was in my home town Akure City, Ondo State, Nigeria when the idea for these songs came about. On a touring break from the The Yoruba Women Choir, I thought it would be nice to do something personal without the choir.
I really had great fun making this record. As this is my first solo record I wanted a live sound for the CD, all tracks were recorded live without overdubs. The Faaji Drummers of Nigeria did what they do best – they drive the songs along with their incredible rhythms. I wrote two songs with two of their members (Ayanlere Alajede and Wale Ogungbe). Two of the Naija Soul Sisters (Esther and Kehinde) provide soulful support that is out of this world.
Bassist and producer Femi Sofela did a wonderful job with these songs. They were sketches of ideas and his arrangements bring them alive, revealing the inner soul of these songs.
The talking drum is what makes Yoruba music special and I wanted to sing on top of it. I call my music “faaji music” because I create music that is soulful and funky but driven by the power of the talking drum.
Here are brief notes on Funmi Ti De ……..
IJO AYO (FUNMI OLAWUMI AND AYANLERE ALAJEDE)
These wonderful rhythms allow me to brag a little and to say that my music is “faaji music” (faaji is a Yoruba word for having a good time). I am sure you are having a good time listening to these songs.
Funmi Olawumi, July 2012