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Kaleta & ZoZo Afrobeat Return to SOB's

Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 8:00 PM EDT (6:30 PM Doors)
S.O.B.'s, New York, NY
21 years and over

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KALETA AND ZOZO AFROBEAT is led by Kaleta (real name: Leon Ligan-Majek), who was born in Porto-Novo in the Republic of Benin, of Beninese, Nigerian, and Togolese ancestry -- all a stone's throw from Lagos, Nigeria, where Kaleta eventually became a musical legend. During his teenage years, Kaleta was very active in kareta masquerade music, in which he was both dancer and drummer. Kaleta finally moved to Nigeria and was soon playing guitar with King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Sir Shina Peters, to mention but a few. Kaleta was one of the last musicians on tour with Fela Kuti during his final US tour -- with Fela's ultimate performance taking place right here at SOB's in 1991.

More recently, Kaleta was on world tour with Lauryn Hill. He also co-founded and was frontman for Akoya Afrobeat, a 13-piece multinational band based in New York City, with members from the US, Africa, Japan, and other countries. Kaleta co-wrote all songs by Akoya Afrobeat, which released four albums, including "Introducing Akoya Afrobeat," "President Dey Pass," and "Jena Tree," before he founded his own band, Zozo Afrobeat. Kaleta's music has always been laced with politically provocative lyrics; one entire disc from the two-CD hit compilation, "Rouge Guide to the Afrobeat Revolution" is devoted to Zozo Afrobeat's debut CD, "Country of Guns." In 2004, Kaleta also released the Afropop CD "Kaleta Jaa."

DNOBLE NIGERIAN ONE MAN SHOW’s real name is Olayemi Bamisaye. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and began playing accordion, drums, and other percussion instruments at the very early age of six, opening for Highlife and Juju bands in and around Lagos. It was easy for him to give up his early training as a printer to devote himself completely to music. Dnoble mixes Gospel, Highlife, Juju, and Afrobeat styles into his own unique sound. Dnoble is a singer and piano player; though his act is called One Man Show, he is very often accompanied by a talking drummer and horn section.

MUSIC BY DJ.HENRI. For many years, dj.henri has been spinning Afrobeat at SOB's, Symphony Space, and Brooklyn Bowl. He has opened for numerous Afrobeat superstars, including Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, and Antibalas, plus Highlife legend Ebenezer Obey, Fuji originator K1 De Ultimate, and at a special tribute to the extraordinary percussionist Babatunde Olatunji. He has also opened for Salif Keita, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré, Aster Aweke, Rokia Traoré, Diblo Dibala, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Natacha Atlas, at clubs like (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, City Winery, the Bell House, and Sylvana’s. dj.henri is booked at African music festivals, late-night dance parties, and to open many prestigious shows presented by the World Music Institute.

DJ Henri’s radio station Radio Africa Online (http://radioafricaonline.com), launched in 2002, is today the longest-running station playing African and Caribbean music online. His hugely popular Radio Africa Online Mixes podcast is also featured in the iTunes Store and across the web, generating over 100 Terabytes of traffic annually. dj.henri's Nigerian podcast episode: https://tr.im/1Z2K7


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