Funmi Olawumi

  • Saturday | 18.05.13
  • 8.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Advance sales hav...

The Nigerian singer and the founder of the Yoruba Women Choir live with her 12-piece big band. Together they mix afrobeat, juju, highlife and fuji to create the thrilling ‘faaji’ sound that has made her one of Africa’s hottest live acts touring the world today..

Mixing the rhythms of juju, fuji, afrobeat and hi-life together to create a hypnotic dance rhythm she calls “faaji rhythms”. Faaji is a Yoruba word for having a good time and, with the rich eloquence of the talking drums driving the music, expect explosive rhythms from one the great names of Nigerian music. In her first Manchester club date she plays from her new acclaimed album “Funmi Ti De”

Within her unique musical style, her singing is constantly driven on by massed percussion, slick, chanting backing vocals from two of the Naija Soul Sisters, funky bass work, and sax. Expect this much-loved Nigerian star and her pounding party band to tear the roof off Band on the Wall with their uplifting music!

Funmi Olawumi, lead vocals
Joy Aigbekan, backing vocals
Nike Fagbuaro, backing vocals
Esther Mabadeje, backing vocals
Kehinde Talabi, backing vocals
Lekan Shobiyi, guitar
Gbenga Kolade, keyboards
Femi Sofela, bass
Abiodun Ojikutu, drums
Wole Aina, conga/percussion
Israel Ifedayo, alto saxophone
Saeed Gbadamosi, talking drum
Wale Ogungbe, talking drum

This concert will begin at 8pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open from 5.30pm for delicious food and drinks.

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