music

RIP Tony Allen

Oh man, I still can’t believe that the legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen passed away… It was only six weeks ago when I saw him playing drums for the tribute to Hugh Masekela concert at the Church of Sound. He was really fit and well so that I was totally speechless when I heard the news…

It was maybe around 2002 when I saw his gig for the first time at the Stratford Circus. It was organised by Strut Records that they had just released Nigeria 70 compilation compiled by Duncan Brooker who was actually DJing on the same night. I just discovered Afrobeat around that time, and it was great and inspiring for me to see the man who actually invented the Afrobeat playing the drums for the first time. Since that I can’t remember how many times I saw him playing drums. When I went to see Dele Sosimi‘s gig for the first time in a shabby community hall in Peckham in 2003, Tony was there as well for the guest to play a couple of Fela’s number. A several years later, I was lucky enough to be a tour DJ for the Saluting the Black President – Ginger Baker and Tony Allen reunion concert in Paris and London in 2013. He also came to the Afrobeat Vibration’s 5th anniversary to play a few songs with the Dele sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at The New Empowering Church.

IMG_2853IMG_2722Tony Allen at the Afrobeat Vibration 5th anniversary Nov 2013 photo by Yu Fujiwara

As soon as he plays the drums, you feel the Afrobeat groove straight away. It sounds like talking or singing, and is so unique and original that there’s no Afrobeat without Tony Allen according to Fela Kuti. I always loved and enjoyed to watch him play.

He was always nice and gentle to everyone too. If you ask to take a photo with him, he always says yes. He was loved by everyone and is going to be missed so much…

Rest in power Dr Tony Allen, you are gone but your spirit will stay with us forever.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Allen_(musician)

Album review, music

Nakara Percussions album review

It’s been over a month since the Covid-19 lockdown began. Ironically the weather has been warm and pleasant but there aren’t much we can do under the government guidance. Stay home and listen to music, that’s what we’ve got to do right now…

So that I have been listening to the album of music a lot these days.

What is the album? It’s just like a book that from page one to the end, you follow the story of the author. It has to have flows, tempos and stories for the audience to go through. Otherwise you want to close the book or fall asleep…

I was so pleased when the man like the legendary DJ Dr. Bob Jones commented about my album – ‘every track is beautifully produced and the journey is wonderful, just wonderful.’

Yes, the album is the journey. And this is the album I discovered recently that the journey was absolutely magnificent.

It was recorded and released independently in 1984 in South France. It’s a totally obscure album but the quality is top ranking. Give huge thanks to Komos Records to reissue these wonderful rare recordings available.

Komos Records: https://komosrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nakara-percussions

Dr Bob Jones: https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/drbobjones/biography

 

DJ, music

Music Is My Sanctuary DJ Mix

During this lock down, all you can do is stay at home and listen to music. Enjoy my new DJ mix I did it exclusively for Music Is My Sanctuary.

“This is a strictly vinyl-only mix of deep afro latin house and disco that you can relax to as much as dance to. I love percussive and jazzy music and always try to mix smoothly so the blends flow like a river. Hope you feel the vibe too.”

http://www.musicismysanctuary.com/mims-guest-mix-koichi-sakai-london-tokyo-olindo-records

music, release

Wono LP vinyl out now

Every cut is beautifully produced and the journey is wonderful, just wonderful.
by Dr Bob Jones 

Wono vinyl LP is out now! During this lockdown moment, all you can do is stay at home and listen to music. Grab your vinyl copy and enjoy the musical journey!

UK: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/wono

Japan: https://diskunion.net/latin/ct/detail/1008090421

Germany: https://www.hhv.de/shop/en/item/koichi-sakai-and-afla-sackey-wono-lp-721319

Bandcamp: https://olindorecords.bandcamp.com

 

music, release

WONO album out on digital

Koichi Sakai & Afla Sackey WONO Cover

My debut album “WONO” is out on digital today!

Listen to the album on Spotify, iTunes etc. https://backl.ink/122948844

Pre-order the vinyl LP from: https://olindorecords.bandcamp.com

Following a successful EP in 2019, featuring remixes from ​Osunlade ​& ​Pocz​, ​Olindo Records​ are proud to present “​Wono​”, the debut collaborative album from ​Koichi Sakai​ &​ Afla Sackey​. The album is a deep exploration of ​Koichi’s ​love of both electronic and West African music, in close collaboration with Ghana-born master percussionist, singer, band leader, teacher and songwriter, Afla Sackey​.

The album features 7 tracks ranging from the meditative “​Yamb​”, which features master kora player Kadialy Kouyate​, to the acid infused, slow house workout of “​Niege​”. Passing through a contemporary highlife take on advance single “​Suolo​” and a shorter version of the previously released “​Jingo​”.

“​Wono​” means “​It’s Ours​” in Ga. As in that which you desire, ​will be yours in time, even if you do not possess it now. So don’t rush brother, patience is a virtue.

DJ, music, radio

NTS Radio

It was fun show with Mr. Pedro on the London’s finest independent radio station NTS last Saturday . It was really nice flow from the beginning to the end of the show. For those who missed, you can listen back on mixcloud.

NTS Radio: https://www.nts.live/shows/the-extended-play-sessions/episodes/the-extended-play-sessions-w-mr-pedro-and-koichi-sakai-29th-february-2020

music, release

Suolo Out Today!

Taken out from the forthcoming album “Wono”  with Afla Sackey, the digital single Suolo is out on all the digital music store today! It’s an unique style of Ghanaian Highlife tune featuring Mao Yamada on guitar and Juba Wetzler on drums.

single_wono

Listen on Spotufy: https://open.spotify.com/album/0fMK9aBTgbYxyl84wkapAp

Pre-order the album is available now from the bandcamp. https://olindorecords.bandcamp.com