The Lagos Afro Funk Collective at OIRFC at my 70th.

Thanks to Muni’s dedicated filming there was some good footage of her husband Ed Emeka Keazor and The Afro Funk Collective playing at my party. It was an evening for dancing feet as after the Collective we had Dave Samuel’s Black Light keeping everyone boogieing until late. I am hoping to post some footage of Black Light’s set (if anyone has any please let me know).

So, It had to be the Afro-Funk champions for my party as various iterations of the Collective have played at secret gigs at my flat for several years. I have had the pleasure of hearing them from places as diverse as The Africa Centre in Southwrk to Jazzhole on Awolwo Road, Lagos.  This band changes but this version comprised:

Nze Ed Emeka Keazor – Vocals. From his first performance at the Museum Kitchen in 1978, he has over the years established himself as a musical historian, producer and performer. He has over the past 40 years performed with the Extended Family, Afrofunk legends The Funkees, Wrinkars Experience, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Jimi Solanke, Tony Allen, Shingai Shoniwa, Dele Sosimi, The Rex Lawson
Survivors and the Yung Afrikan Pyoneers among several others.

Mike idowu, is one of Nigeria’s most sought-after bassists, and his 25-year career has seen him perform and recordwith Lagbaja, The Young Afrikan Pyoneers, Dele Sosimi, Femi Kuti, Awale, Ikenga, and several other bands in the Afrobeat, Highlife and AfroFunk genres.

Phil Dawson, has played guitar with renowned artists from across the globe: Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi Afrobeat, Young Afrikan Pioneers, Highlife Allstars, Lekan Babalola, Orlando Julius, TY, Ben Onono, Geraldo Pino, Keziah Jones, Hugh Masekela,  Ginger Baker, Akala, Junior, Terri Walker, Osibisa, Yaba Funk, Mulatu Astatke,  Khaled, Baba Maal, Amadou et Mariam; Gilberto Gil, Ed Motta and several other African Stars.

Maurizio Ravalico  After studying architecture in his native Italy,Maurizio turned to music, studying Congas in Cuba under master percussionists Chinguito, Tomas ‘el Panga’ Ramos, and Los Chinos amongst others. Over the past25 years Mauri has recorded and performed with some of the world’s finest,including Jamiroquai (on the Emergency and Space Cowboy albums); the JamesTaylor Quartet, Dennis Rollins, Pat Thomas, The Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra and many others.

Jose Joyette has played drums with Craig David, Sister Sledge, Odussey, De La Soul, The Lighthouse Family. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,Billy Ocean, Beverley Knight

Exdo on keyboardsis the youngest of the group and plays for the London African Gospel Choir and Mr Eazi as well as the Ghanaian Afrobeats king, Sarkodie.

Last but very much not the least – Ayo Odia on Tenor Sax has an amazing Afrobeat and Funk pedigree having played with Fela Kuti and Egypt ’80, Yaaba Funk, Osibisa, Jungle Brown, Yung Afriqan Pyoneers and Tony Allen.

The first video has three songs – “Fuel For Love” (Wrinkar Experience), “Sunshine Day” (Osibisa) and “Running Away” (Roy Ayers). The Osibisa was a special one for those of us who were at college together in Brighton in the 1970’s as can be seen by plenty of sing alongs.

The next clip starts with another Brighton favourite. Third World, though a reggae band, went down to record their first album in Lagos and wrote this song. Fogo Fogo is split between this and the following clip. Lagos Jump (Third World), Send Down The Rain (Majek Fashek), Fogo Fogo, (Fela & Egypt ’70) (pt1)

Fela wrote this track after local area boys started lobbing old beer bottles over the wall of The Shrine (his club in Lagos) so that he would  let them in. Fogo Fogo translates loosely as ‘break bottle’ and he is complaining that he bought them the beer, the gin and the whisky that was in the bottles they are know throwing at him!

Personally, I am of the view that as soon as a Fela riff hits then the hips need to be unleashed. The second half of Fogo Fogo as the Afro Funk Collective set draws to a close. A special shout out to Tom’s mate Andy (who also built this website!) who kept dancing even though his fractured his elbow messing about early in the evening! Fogo Fogo

I just have to leave you with a last tiny clip. I have not included all my birthday thankyou’s but there is just one special mention. watch to the end.

Always a pleasure to listen to Ed’s curated Funk sessions as well other his High Life and Palm Wine sessions. These can often be seen at the Africa Centre in Southwark, occasionally when one of his Nigerian music or history documentaries is shown . Check out their programmes on https://www.africacentre.org.uk/

Occasionally, the collective may play events and if you would like to ask them contact me here I can pass the details on to Ed.

All videos with massive thanks and acknowledgements to Muni King-Keazor.

 

 

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