Jul 2, 2009

Afrobeat Academy and Oghene Kologbo

Berlin-based Afrobeat Academy is one of the heaviest afro-funk bands on the planet. The band formed in Berlin in 2005 to work with Nigerian guitar legend Oghene Kologbo and provide some serious weight to his original sounds. Together, they toured Germany and Holland, and appeared at the prestigious Soul Ascension Festival in Berlin's Lovelite. in 2007 they released the Afro Confusion 45 on Rabbi Records and a full length, limited edition cd titled "Remember Fela Anikulapo Kuti" (Lion's Ark).

The Afrobeat Academy is also the long-standing band for the Afropean rapper Bantu. They also started collaborating in early 2005, and have performed at clubs and festivals in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. In October 2007, they embarked on a month long tour in Ghana and Nigeria. This was an incredible experience for all, especially because the Afrobeat Academy met and performed with Ghanaian funk master Ebo Taylor!

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.
01. Na Yawa 7:14
02. Remember Fela 6:23
03. Sniper 5:09
04. L.C.I.A. 5:50
05. We Dey Suffa 3:41
06. Change The System 4:20
07. Afro Confusion 3:23
08. Don't Follow Fashion 4:05
09. Open Your Eyes 6:20
10. Fortunate 6:48

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