Tennerz: Bad Zuke & Dele Sosimi – TMI (Too Much Information) (DJ Spen & Thommy Davis Remix) (Quantize Recordings)
Wondering who’s that guy by the likes of Bad Zuke? Well, he’s no one else but Dan Savidge. In other words, one half of UK production unit The Jinks. Joining forces here with Afrobeat keyboard player Dele Sosimi on ‘TMI’. A man whom you might remember for his collaborations with Fela Anikulapo Kuti. But also Femi Kuti. Not to mention his presence on Ralf GUM‘s ‘In My City’ album.
Here we have an insane jam fueled with all the elements that would set the genre as a unique trend mark. From funky rhythm guitars to enlightening horns and syncopated percussion over a hypnotic bassline. Therefore serving as the right environment to Sosimi‘s conscious lyrics. With producers/remixers DJ Spen and Thommy Davis stickin’ to the original flow.
Masterpiece! This is most likely what we have here with ‘TMI’ (Too Much Information)’. As usual, feel free to let us know what you think…
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– Dele Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene worldwide…
His career began when he joined Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Egypt 80 with whom he played keyboards for 7 years, between 1979 and 1986. Fela was the founder of the style of music known as Afrobeat. This music is a blend of complex but highly danceable funk grooves together with Nigerian traditional music (including Hi-Life) and African percussion. Underpinning the Jazz horns and solos from other instruments, as well as rhythmical singing.
During Fela‘s incarceration in 1984, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (in other words Femi Kuti) – Fela‘s son and Dele‘s childhood/school friend – took over the reins. Temporarily leading the band Egypt 80.
By that time, Dele developped his arranging skills as the musical director of the band. He re-orchestrated and re-arranged for Egypt 80. And he also handled the recruiting and training of new musicians. Eventually playing keyboards on the following Fela/Egypt 80 hits. From ‘Power Show’ to ‘Original Sufferhead’, ‘Customs Check Point’ and ‘MOP 1 (Movement of the People)’. Not to mention ‘Give Me Shit I Give You Shit’ and ‘Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense’ among others [More info…]
Dele Sosimi no surprisingly came to also collaborate with Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen on a regular basis. Meanwhile, some of you might as well remember him for his participation to Ralf GUM‘s 2014 ‘In My City’ album.
Dele delivered his first release – ‘Turbulent Times’ – back in 2002 on Eko Star Music. And although Wikipedia considers it as an album, it was more of an EP featuring 6 tracks as a matter of fact. His debut-album as such – ‘Identity’ – comin’ up five years later on Helico Records. A collection which Songlines magazine described as “A sizzling set from London’s Afrobeat leader” (Wikipedia).
He released his second album – ‘You No Fit Touch Am’ – some 8 years after on Wah Wah 45’s. A label where he delivered most of his music since. With tracks such as ‘Turn You No Fit Touch Am’ and a dub version of ‘You No Fit Touch Am’. This in addition to ‘TMI (Too Much Information)’ under various remix packages. Beginning with DJ Spen and Thommy Davis‘ rework on Quantize Recordings. But also DJ Said‘s one on Fatsouls Records). Then Jephté Guillaume‘s revamp on Rainy City. With a remix pack of ‘E Go Betta’ and ‘I Don’t Care’ followin’ back in March 2017 on… Wah Wah 45’s. And a rework of ‘Turbulent Times’ by the likes of Armonica seein’ the light 16 months after on MoBlack Records.