- Akin Dimeji (Drums & voice)
- Carlos Leal (Electric guitar)
- Dani Niño (Baritone sax)
- Enzo Apizella (Eléctric bass)
- Frank Santiuste (Trompeta)
- Juan Ontoria (Keyboard)
- Pablo Hernández (Alto sax)
- Shango Dely (Percusions)
- label:not signed
- instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, percussion, jazz combo, guitar
- artist submitted by:
2014 Elegance Award at the Tanjazz Festival
Award winner LOS GUILLES 2013 World Music
Ogun Afrobeat is the first Afrobeat band in Spain of authentic Yoruba culture. Led by Akin Dimeji Onas from Lagos, Nigeria, one of the best African drummers in Spain, and backed by an irresistibly powerful horn and rhythm section, the group has an extraordinary on stage sound that puts it at the forefront of Afrobeat bands.
Ogun Afrobeat has a lot to offer to the followers of Fela Anikulapo Kuti and fans of African and African-American music. As part of a burgeoning modern Afrobeat movement that is worldwide, Ogun stands out because of its original usage of traditional native rhythms from the Yoruba culture along with touches of other African musical art forms and its progressive mix of Funk, Disco, and
Soul, the true hybrid heart of Afrobeat. A comparatively small group for an Afrobeat group, this eight piece band wields the might of an entire Afrobeat orchestra, and the intensity of its live performances is simply astonishing.
You'll hear the true embrace of James Brown and Fela Kuti licks intertwining and singing to each other, Fuji and High Life rhythms swirl with Funk and Soul beats and harmonies. Original tunes and arrangements of Fela classics overflow with the trademark tenor guitar lines and hearty keyboard
chords, synth and organ melodies, the punch of a horn section that dances, and finally rhythmic conversations between the bass, percussion and the drums conducted by the captain of the ship, Akinsola. You can't help but stand in awe as he simultaneously sings the vocals and thunders away at the drums, streering his band's tremendous sound to rush the crowd and carry it into an all out dance frenzy.