An evening of electrifying party-till-you-drop Afrobeat from the incredible Dele Sosimi Afrobeat orchestra.
Dele Sosimi was musical director of the critically acclaimed Fela! at London’s National Theatre, and Band on the Wall is thrilled to announce that he’ll be performing on our stage with his very own Afrobeat Orchestra as part of We Face Forward.
“Sosimi creates some of the most bewitching grooves in modern African music”
E Jazz News
“Elevates Afro-jazz unto a new realm” Xtrax Magazine
From his early discovery as a 16-year old keyboardist by world-famous Fela Kuti, who brought him into his band Egypt 80, Dele rose to prominence as musical director of the 30 piece band during the 80’s and 90’s.
Whilst at the helm he hatched a plan for a new more aggressive sound, featuring shorter songs and tighter arrangements with Fela’s son Femi Kuti. The result was the band Positive Force, with whom he toured globally for a decade, honing his craft and exploring all the richness of this amazing music.
“The most fluent Afrobeat you’re going to hear today” Straight No Chaser
“The glorious interplay of scorching horns, pulsing electric piano and endlessly shifting rhythm section had the audience packed” Daily Telegraph
Following the live performance, Irfan Rainy will be on the decks for a special DJ set ’til late.
Presented by Band on the Wall in association with We Face Forward – a season of contemporary art and music from West Africa, celebrated across Manchester as part of the London 2012 Festival. www.wefaceforward.org
This concert will begin at 9pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open from 5.30pm for delicious food and drinks.
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