First Listen! Dele Sosimi – You No Fit Touch Am (Medlar Remix) (Wah Wah 45s)
Be you a regular on these shores, then Dele Sosimi‘s name shoudn’t sound unfamiliar for you. As for the others, this man, although a native Londoner, born to Nigerian parents, got schooled and raised in the shadow of Afrobeat mogul Fela Anikulapo Kuti during the heyday of Afrobeat. Eventually becoming his musical director, no less in the 80’s.
Back in London soon after the passing of Fela, he then would act as the local ambassador of the genre. This, with his regular nighters and releases. The title track from his last May released album, ‘You No Fit Touch Am’, getting the remix treatment by the likes of Medlar. The latter who, while somehow discoifing it, has softened its flow in the meantime, although keepin’ its original spirit alive.
Here we have what stands as an incredibly clever revamp and most definitely as masterpiece at the end. New to it? Give it a listen and let us know what you think. As usual, we gladly welcome your feeling…
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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.