SUNDAY 23rd MAY -
AFROBEAT A LIFE STORY -
Workshop - Film - Concert
Pavilion Carey’s Lane Cork (Free)
for musicians already
hop & African music
with arranger/composer/bandleader Allen-Taylor Adeniyi.
To apply for a workshop place
click here or call/text 087 2694888
(advance booking only)
8.00 FILM: THE LIFE
AND MUSIC OF FELA KUTI
OLEKU BAND IN
Presented with funding from
the Music Network & Touring Award
Afrobeat & highlife by Ireland's top all-Nigerian band and the launch of
their Music Network funded tour of Ireland
Oleku Band formed in 2006 from a group of Nigerian
musicians that had settled in and around Dublin over the preceding 6
years. Lead by composer/arranger Allen-Taylor Adeniyi, originally from
Abeokuta in SW Nigeria the birth place of
Fela Kuti, the band plays authentic Afrobeat and Highlife from their
Nigerian (Yoruba) roots.
vocals, mostly in Yoruba, Allen-Taylor also plays the Saxophone &
Hammond XB2 organ with backing vocals supplied by his wife Tomilola,
keyboardist Segun Akano and Trumpeter
Otolorin ‘Oto’ Olalaleye.
section features Segun Akano on keyboards with his brother Michael Akano
on bass guitar and Felix Oludare
moving to Ireland trumpeter ‘Otto’ was a musician in Femi Kuti’s band,
‘The Positive Force’ based in Lagos.
Oleku band made
their debut Irish performance in 2007 at a festival in Cork City and
have since graced many stages at festivals around Ireland, including The
National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, and the Festival of World
Cultures in Dun Laoghaire.
playing covers of songs by Fela & Femi Kuti all the songs in Oleku’s
current repertoire are now written and arranged by Oleku Band.
Taylor released his 3rd album, the spiritually inspired ‘Oba
nla’ in early 2009,
of the best music I ever heard”, anonymous farmer at the National
Ploughing Championships Tullamore 2007.
Allen-Taylor Adeniyi – Sax, Vocals, Hammond XB2 Organ
Otolorin ‘Oto’ Olalaleye –
Trumpet, backing vocals, small percussion
Tomilola Allen-Taylor – Vocals, Shekere
Akano – Keyboards, backing vocals
Michael Akano - Bass guitar
Felix Oludare – Drum kit
Watch Oleku on YouTube