Nigerian singer Funmi Olawumi, the founder of the Yoruba Women Choir, returns to the UK with her 12-piece big band featuring the four part harmonies of Naija Soul Sisters and a cracking 8-piece band. Together they mix afrobeat, juju, highlife and fuji to create a big sound that is faaji music. 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 UK tour as a solo artists she plays from her new CD “Funmi Ti De” (JNR) “an upbeat album that even sounds better heard live” - Robin Denselow, The Guardian and “a pretty good album” - Simon Broughton, The Evening Standard.
Funmi Olawumi July 2012 London
Funmi Olawumi July 2012 London - Courtesy of Youtube.com
with The Naija Soul Sisters
Esther Mabadeje, Joy Aigbekan, Kehinde Talabi and Nike Fagbuaro
LEKAN SHOBIYI, guitar
GBENGA KOLADE, keyboards
FEMI SOFELA, bass/MD
ABIODUN OJIKUTU, drums
WOLE AINA, percussion
ISRAEL IFEDAYO, alto sax
SAEED GBADAMOSI, talking drum
WALE OGUNGBE, talking drum
BEN OKEWOLE, Sound engineer
Info: Funmi Olawumi will be at the Jazz Cafe on Friday, June 21 at 7pm, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Tickets: £20.00 | Tickets: 0207 485 6834 | Book now
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