Fri 12 Jul

Blue Lab Beats, Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Quar­tet, Sly5thAve + guests

Presented by Sound­crash x Funk & Soul Weekender

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Blue Lab Beats are a North Lon­don-based, jazz-hop, elec­tron­i­ca duo com­prised of pro­duc­er NK-OK (Namali Kwa­t­en) and mul­ti-instru­men­tal­ist Mr DM (David Mrak­por). The pair are an inte­gral part of the city’s diverse mod­ern scene that inte­grates musi­cians from the worlds of jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and electronica.


Sly5thAve is the project of mul­ti-instru­men­tal­ist, pro­duc­er, arranger and com­pos­er Sylvester Uzoma Onye­ji­a­ka II, whose sophis­ti­cat­ed com­po­si­tions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep under­stand­ing of soul, R&B and jazz.

With a core under­ground fol­low­ing, Gram­my award-win­ning horns play­er Sly5thAve’s projects have been backed by Jaro­bi White (A Tribe Called Quest), Gilles Peter­son (BBC6Music), Down­beat mag­a­zine, Noisey, NPR, The Fad­er, Jazz Times, Indie Shuf­fle, Earmilk and more. He has also attained much respect from his work with a host of high­ly- fêt­ed musi­cians includ­ing; Prince, Ste­vie Won­der, Gladys Knight, The Dave Brubeck Quar­tet, Tay­lor Swift, Janelle Mon­ae, Fred­die Gibbs and label­mate Quantic.


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 Anikuapo-Kuti‘s Egypt 80 (1979 – 1986) and then sub­se­quent­ly with Fela‘s son Femi Anikulapo-Kuti‘s Pos­i­tive Force (19861994). In both bands he was musi­cal direc­tor and key­board play­er. Since Fela cre­at­ed Afrobeat, Dele‘s Afrobeat pedi­gree is there­fore impeccable.

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