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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble at Southpaw Oct 4th

By Robert Fox

The dynamic Brooklyn Afrobeat squad Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble are about to bust out with a new CD! Titled “PDP (President Dey Pass),” it’s sure to plow new ground, given the massively funky groove the band has been laying down in their celebrated live shows.

Akoya features an all-star lineup of musicians, and is led by Kaleta, who spent 10 years as a singer and conga player with Fela’s legendary Africa 80 group. Kaleta also toured with King Sunny Ade, Lauryn Hill and Femi Kuti.

Characterized by smart, well-organized arrangements, giant horns and profoundly funky rhythms, Akoya hits Afrobeat hard with the fat part of the bat. The band offers up a wealth of original material along with new interpretations of Fela classics. I’ve been a fan for years, and it’s great to witness the ongoing success of the group.

Definitely check out Akoya's website for the preview tracks from the new CD---these tunes demonstrate the dense, booty-shaking groove that you’ve come to expect from Akoya: JéJé L'Aiyé, B.F.B.F., Oluya and Fela Dey.

And if you live in the New York City area, don’t miss the big show that Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble has planned for this Thursday, October 4th at Southpaw in Brooklyn. They’ll be joined by DJ Nickodemus (of Turntables on the Hudson) and it’s guanteed to be a memorable evening.

You can also pick up Akyoa’s first CD here. Titled “Introducing Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble,” it’s highly recommended!

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