Dele Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene worldwide. Dele‘s career began when he joined Fela‘s Anikulapo-Kuti‘s Egypt 80 (1979–1986) and then subsequently with Fela‘s son Femi Anikulapo-Kuti‘s Positive Force (1986-1994). In both bands, he was musical director and keyboard player. Since Fela created Afrobeat, Dele‘s Afrobeat pedigree is therefore impeccable.
The music is a blend of complex but highly danceable funk grooves, Nigerian traditional music (including hi-life), African percussion, underpinning the jazz horns and solos from other instruments, as well as rhythmical singing. Dele toured extensively around the world with Fela and Femi, re-orchestrating and arranging music and also handling the recruiting and training of new musicians. His keyboard work can be heard on Fela‘s Power Show, Original Sufferhead, MOP 1 (Movement of the People), Authority Stealing, Army Arrangement, ITT (International Thief Thief), and Teacher Don‘t Teach Me Nonsense, and on Femi‘s albums No Cause for Alarm and Mind Your Own Business. Dele has also performed often with Dr. Tony Allen, the king of Afrobeat drumming.
Currently based in London, Dele is an educator and instructor in Afrobeat (via his Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Foundation, and as a visiting lecturer in Music and Media, LondonMetropolitan University). Dele performs in one of three formats, each as compelling and funky as the others – a 15-piece Afrobeat Orchestra (featuring a 5-piece horn section and dancers), a 6–9 piece band (the most frequently used format) or a trio/quartet (with bass and drums/percussion).
Sosimi is abetted by a group of musicians, most of whom have either played with him on previous records or have gigged with him on the live circuit. They all have chops to spare and the communication between them is near telepathic.
Glass Beams ✴ 20 Years Of Numbers: Hudson Mohawke & Spencer ✴ Or:la ✴ Mella Dee ✴ Yu Su ✴ Dele Sosimi ✴ I.Jordan ✴ Paula Tape ✴ Kareem Ali ✴ Orpheu The Wizard ✴ Jennifer Loveless ✴ DJ ADHD ✴ Otik ✴ Nosedrip ✴ Jitwam (Live) ✴ Moopie ✴ Bake ✴ Sandunes: The Ground Beneath Her Feet (Debut) ✴ Resident Advisor: dotdat & Amaliah b2b Danielle ✴ Dolorblind Presents 'NO SIGNAL' A/V (Debut) ✴ Dualist Inquiry: 'When We Get There' A/V (Debut) ✴ Dar Disku ✴ Mixtress ✴ AAGUU Presents: Solar Spirit Feat. AAGUU x Alex Kassian , TaoFu & Rishi Sippy ✴ Gazzi ✴ Gauley Bhai ✴ Vridian Presents Etymon (Live Debut) ✴ Elle Shimada ✴ Fieldlines: _RHL & Umesh Warbhuvan, Nusrat Apoorv, Anuja Zokarkar & Vinay Sugatha Ramadasan ✴ Dynamite Disco Club & Friends ✴ BFR Sound System: Midnight Dub Club Feat. Delhi Sultanate & Guests ✴ Meba Ofilia ✴ Unnayanaa : Osmosis (Debut) ✴ Angus 12 (Live Debut) ✴ Girls Night Out ✴ Alboe (Live) ✴ Raj ✴ Ox7gen ✴ Antariksh Records Showcase: Antariksh Daddy , Zequenx , Marbman & Sentient ✴ Many Roots Ensemble ✴ Rasa ✴ GoodMostlyBad ✴ Social Isolation Showcase: Philtersoup, Sourya Sen, Farah Mulla, Zequenx, Noni-Mouse & Coma Conscience ✴ Sanoli Chowdhury ✴ Warehouse Mix: No Mo Soul & Tartaruga ✴ Kandy Kuri ✴ Suhas Mellow ✴ Goya