Single Of The Week: Dele Sosimi – Too Much Information (Said Vocal Remix) (Fatsouls Records)
You might remember us recently memtioning the release of ‘TMI (Too Much Information)’on these shores. Back then, Dele Sosimi would share the duties with Bad Zuke with rework courtesy of DJ Spen and Thommy Davis. Well, 3 months have gone now. And this explosive and lyrically so up-to-date jam looks set to find extra exposure. This time on the ‘Fatsouls Essential vol. 2’ compilation. And for that, it receives some extra remixing treatment. This time, by the likes of DJ Said who adds a subtle House rhythm pattern to it. Although remaining true to its original spirit.
Enough reasons that fully justify its presence as our Single Of The Week. Don’t 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.