Tennerz: Dele Sosimi – Turbulent Times (Armonica Remix) (MoBlack Records)
We rated this piece as Afro House at the end. With the first reason being that, unlike its original version which saw the light back in 2002, it’s not Afrobeat. At least rhythmically speakin’! As both its title and lyrics aptly speak for themselves. Meanwhile sadly remindin’ us as to how nothing has really changed with our environment still sadly goin’ thru turbulent times. And in the meantime as to how music isn’t only meant to have us dancin’ our asses off. But also serve as a vehicle to spread messages. Then hopefully have us reacting in a positive way at the end.
Never too late to react. With big ups to Italian twosome Armonica for this great remixing work of theirs. Most likely getting these ‘Turbulent Times’ into a brand new and exciting perspective…
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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.
– Andrea Arcangeli and Salvatore Angelucci first met as resident DJ’s of the infamous Cocoricò club in Riccione, Italy. From then, they formed a close friendship and decided to bring their musical projects together. Which is how Armonica saw the light, soon after receiving great support from luminaries such as Dixon, Ame and Black Coffee to name a few.
‘Sunrise EP’, their first release as a duo came out on Berlin-based label Bar 25 Music and made its path straight away thru the Beatport Deep House Top 100. Meanwhile, soon after, ‘[A]’ saw them starting like a long term partnership with MoBlack Records. Either as producers, either as remixers. Reworking ‘Ngeke’ for Toshi and also ‘O Pa Mi Titi Deabe’ that we mentioned on these shores, for Mowgan feat. Jah Baba. Then lastly ‘Turbulent Times’ for Afrobeat icon Dele Sosimi.