Saturday, February 27, 2010
Oghene Kologbo & Afrobeat Academy- Remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Here's a must have for every fan of Afrobeat music - 'REMEMBER FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI' - The eagerly-awaited album of the legendary bass- and tenor-guitar-player Oghene Kologbo.
He's one of the true legends of Afrobeat music. Kologbo olayed on 37 albums with Fela Kuti and the Africa 70. He's carrying on the tradition with 10 songs recorded with the Afrobeat Academy
Guitar legend Oghene Kologbo was born in Warri, Nigeria in 1957. His father was a well known highlife musician. When Kologbo was a teenager, he began performing with the revolutionary Afrobeat master Fela Kuti. Kologbo went on to record more than 50 sides with Africa 70. He played the hypnotic tenor guitar lines, but often recorded bass and rhythm guitar too. Kologbo was Fela’s personal assistant and ‘tape recorder’. That is, it was his job to remember the melodies Fela would sing to him late at night, then teach them to the band at rehearsal the next day. In 1978, after a show at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Kologbo left the band (along with Tony Allen and a few others) and stayed in Berlin.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Kologbo worked with the legendary but short-lived Roots Anabo. He also toured and recorded with King Sunny Ade, Tony Allen, and Brenda Fosse, among others.
In 2005, Kologbo began working with the Afrobeat Academy, Berlin’s heaviest afrobeat ensemble.
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