DELE SOSIMI / YOU NO FIT TOUCH AM

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Wah Wah 45s are very proud to present the first full-length album in almost a decade from vocalist, keyboard player, Fela Kuti collaborator and Afrobeat legend, Dele Sosimi!

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You No Fit Touch Am represents where Dele is today – something of an untouchable force in the music scene that he has always been such a vital part of. The title is an uncompromising message that this man means business, and with his mammoth afrobeat orchestra on board that is definitely the case. Recorded at the Fish Market Studios in North-West London by Benedic Lamdin (AKA Nostalgia 77) the album provides a musical representation of Dele’s strong socio-political opinions, as well as delivering classic song-writing that could have come straight out of 1970s Lagos!

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Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. Having been chosen by Fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing Fela’s Glastonbury stage in 1984, and became Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force.

After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele went on to concentrate on his own solo career and, with diligent patience, carved out his own afrobeat crown. In London, where he now resides, his Afrobeat Vibration all-nighters are charged with his passion, labours and his unrelenting spirit.

Following on from his first two studio albums, Turbulent Times and Identity, this third long-player is sure to cement Dele Sosimi’s position as a major player within afrobeat and beyond!

Reactions

“Absolutely fantastic new music, first new record in a decade and worth waiting for. Love that!”” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music (UK)

“Polished but pulsing with anger, this captures all the verve and spark of the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. Heavy, heavy, heavy.” Jane Cornwell, Songlines Magazine.

“Superb! Every bit as good as you would expect it to! 5/5” Simon Hodge, Producer, The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

“Blistering Afro-funk from a true legend” Clash

“An Afrobeat master class” Buzz (UK)

“Music Ambassador Royalty, Dele Sosimi sounds incredibly amazing! True fashion to Afrobeat” Alexander Nut, Rinse FM (UK)

“Compositions that are steeped in socio-political messages and showcase classic 1970s Lagos songwriting” Okay Africa

“This LP re-creates the 70’s afrobeat vibe perfectly. 5/5” Kev Beadle, Solar Radio (UK)

“Right up my Soul Survivor Street thanks, not a duff track in sight.” Fitzroy Da Buzzboy, Soul Survivors Magazine (UK)

“Sanctuary had me hooked when I got it months back… full support on this!” Phat Phil Cooper, Nu Nothern Soul (Indonesia)

“Nice You no fit touch am, I don’t care, Sanctuary!” Republik Kalakuta, Swiss National Radio (Switzerland)

“Love this  – totally awesome! 5/5” Allan SKov, DJ (Denmark)

“This is proper! Sounding incredible – love it!”  Aly Gillani, First Word Records (UK)

“Nice” Hector Pizarro, Chile con mix (France)

“I am so happy to see it out finally. Yes, Dele, it’s your turn now! Afrobeat no go die! 5/5” Koichi Sakai, Afrobeat Vibration, NTS (UK)

“Lovely authentic sound. Great stuff.” Chris Read (UK)

“Beautiful! Will be played in next our show, thanks! 5/5” Modestas Jamantas, Love In Slow Motion (Lithuania)

“After two singles like that the album must be 5” Dj Bunuel, Radio Helsinki (Finland)

“Absolute must for Fela Kuti fans. Magnetic beats. Following strong in a great tradition. A chip off the old block indeed.” Daniel Wesker, Detektor FM (Germany)

“A glorious tour-de-force from the professor of Afrobeat! Dele sounds stronger than ever on this superbly produced long-player and I can’t wait to have it on vinyl for a summer of festival fun times.” Tom Headfunk, Mondomix and Vectis Radio (UK)

“I have been waiting for this release and it didn’t disappoint, the best album I have had this year. I love the obvious Fela association in the music, long intro’s long tracks musicianship can’t be faulted. Blog to follow. 5/5” Andy Sharp, Stomp Radio (UK)

“I was waiting on this holly shit my friend… Dop stuff from beginning to the end… Can wait to spin it” Niksa Dragolin, Radio Eurostar (Croatia)

“The Fela legacy lives on with Dele. He’s part of the Afrobeat family’s true spirit. Not another copy band but the real thing. Great arrangements and top musicianship in the studio and live too. One for the foot tappers traveling bag” John Warr, Totally Radio (UK)

“MURDERER STYLE !!!!! I can´t tell you how I love this album. Feeling the spirit of Fela in this one but with its own style. Grooves to give you moves!! 5/5” Tom Strauch, Switchstance Recordings, Afro Urban Club Session (Germany)

“Looking forward to rolling this on my show as the summer heats up. Cheers.” Derek Smith, KMHD Jazz Radio (USA)

“AMAZING project. Can’t wait to start playing this out and on the airwaves. 5/5” Junior, Eavesdrop Radio – WKDU (USA)

“Classic, classic Afrobeat from one who knows. Afrobeat no go die! 5/5” Derek Rath, KPFK (USA)

“Sounding like real modern Afrobeat deeply respecting the heritage of Fela’s touch. Great project!” Julien, Radio Campus Tours (France)

“Been waiting for this one!” Kier Record Play, The Monitors (UK)

“I need to go to a Vibration night!” DJ Kappa, Radio Reverb (UK)

“For dancing, for chilling, for grooving… for me!” Fritz, Substanz-FM (Germany)

“This is a great maxi from Deli Sosimi & family. Superb production from the first to the last note. ‘E Go Betta’ has to be a single but all cuts are well playable on air and on the decks. Full to the brim of modern Inspirational Soul from Motherland Africa……WONDERFUL! Love, Love and LOVE! Full support- no problem. Big Love and Blessings and thank you for music. 5/5” Dr Bob Jones, Mi Soul (UK)

“Past, present and future in Afrobeat… love him! 5/5” Ivan Mera, Higher Street Radio Show (Spain)

“Lagos times! AfroBeat for Life. 5/5” Chris Exarchopoulos,  Musica-re, Black Radio Berlin // Up’N’Loud Radio (Germany)

“Dom Servini and Scrimshire are beautiful people.” Tom Whalley, BBC 6 Music Producer (UK)

“Fresh, fresh and then fresh some more like this!” Paul ‘ABBO’ Abbott, Stomp Radio (UK)

“As expected a fantastic record. The guys know what and how to do it. 5/5” Robert Lochmann aka DJ Jazzmadass, Radio X (Germany)

“I go betta” Julien Mourlon, LDBK (Belgium)

“Stunning stuff. Love it. Already in play in our DJ sets!” Rupert & Mennert, Compost Records (Netherlands)

“Breathtaking beats !!!!!!! 5/5” Aja, Ketch A Vibe (UK)

“Feeling this one, really liked Sanctuary and Na My Turn in the singles and feeling E Go Betta. Wicked sounds and vibes beyond vibes, will be spinning on the show !! Big up!” Big Red,  The Breaks Of Dawn – Kane FM (UK)

“Don’t tell Fela, Tony & the gang, but Dele Sosimi just might be the greatest Afrobeat musician out there” Roni Fialkow, Pop Lock (Israel)

“Tight and to the point with a cool UK contemporary twist… Love it!” Chris Greenwood, SOAS Radio, MI SOUL Radio (UK)

“Very warm, funky and great soul vibes” Andrej, ByteFM (Germany)

“Loving Dele’s sound as always! I love all the Fela Kuti stuff so why would I not like Dele?” Mick Farrer, Solar Radio (UK)

“ESSSSENTIAL!!” Michael Stukes, Mystic Vybes (USA)

“Fantastic album by dele Sosimi, which I will be featuring on my Afro Beat show on Radio Sandwell!” Ade Adeyemo, Radio Sandwell & Afro Beat (UK)

“Woow … First promo for me from WahWah45s! Nice work from Dele Sosimi ! Lovely album especially Na My Turn! Hugs from Italy” Corrado Bucci, Dj/Producer (Italy)

“Afrobeat in it’s truest form. Favourite tracks – E Go Betta, Na My Turn and Sanctuary.” Steve Johns, Solar Radio (UK)

“Super hot Afrobeat! 5/5”  David Bassin FreeFall / KUSF (USA)

“Been looking forward to this ever since seeing Dele live at the Jazz Cafe!” Nick Rayman, Barricade Radio (UK)

“Some seriously deep Afrobeat! Digging this a lot. Thanks!” Peter McLennan, Basefm radio station (New Zealand)

“Sounding great – loved the earlier singles – and loving the sound of Where We Want To Be. Will be airing on the radio this week and will aim to review for paper as well”  Paris Pompor, Sydney Morning (Australia)

“These sounds are great!! That’s serious Afrobeat to be played by ‘serious’ DJs!” Black Mighty Wax aka Cesare Cera, Gru Radio (TO) Radio Fujiko (BO) Radio Bologna Uno (BO) (Italy)

“This album rocks! Nice to hear another of Fela’s collaborators stepping forth and carrying the torch. 5/5” Velanche, Urban Landscapes/KCPR (USA)

“Worthy release giving attention to this solid contributor to the afrobeat sound” Dj Toon, Eastside Radio, Funkdafies sessions (Australia)

“Just great! As Fela used to say: “”Afro beat no go die””! Respect to Dele!” Stiliyan Angelov, Love & Happiness Music (Bulgaria)

“A fantastic album, very nice! 5/5” ‘Dr.Best’, Radio Z (Germany)

“I’ll be rinsing this album for sure! Classic Fela vibes but still feels brand new! 5/5” Dave Fortune, My First Moth Records (UK)

“Very cool — I’d like to spend more time with it.” Rick Anderson, CD HotList: New Releases for Libraries  (USA)

“After the two excellent singles I’ve been really looking forward go hearing this and YEP it delivers BIG time. 5/5” Simon Harrison, Basic Soul Radio Show (UK)

“Mighty fine Afro Beat laced with Funk overtones!” Ash Selector, Solar Radio (UK)

“Digging the whole album. Thanks!” Jesse De La Pena, Vocalo Radio Chicago (USA)

“Great funky stuff”  Gerd Hoeschen aka DJ Ottic, otticFM & Alooga Radio (Germany)

“Dele’s class is so high! 5/5” The ’45 RPM’ Radio Show on Radio Varna (part of the Bulgarian National Radio) (Bulgaria)

“This album has a rich musical sound and certainly growing on me. Tough to pick standout tracks but feel ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘We Siddon We Dey Look’ the most, will be playlisting via the show, thanks for the music!!”Alan O’ Malley, Shoreditch Radio (UK)

“A laid back & super-tight afrobeat selection – great stuff!” Alan Gubby, Buried Treasure Records (UK)

“Yes !!!! ! ! ! ! ! !! ! ! !! !! ! ! ! ! ! 🙂 5/5” Simbad, DJ (UK)

“Very warm, funky and great soul vibes” Andrej, ByteFM (Germany)

“Really wonderful LP – my full support! 5/5” Dusty, Jazz & Milk (Germany)

“Awesome!” Sam Allen, Stellar Inflight Radio & Eastside 89.7FM (Australia)

“This is properly properly proper. 5/5” Tom Lowe, RTE Radio (Ireland)

“Downloading For Playlist Consideration On OpenLab” Robert Miles, OpenLab Radio (Spain)

“Congratulation on the new album!” Andrew Jervis, Bandcamp (US)

Bandcamp Interview (Andrew Jervis)

Afrobeat is in good hands, Andy Sharp, No Pressure, Stomp Radio (UK)

Reviewed in Jazzthing Mag (Germany)

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Reviewed in 1beat (Germany)

Reviewed in Les Chroniques de Hiko (France)

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Reviewed in Bristol Post

Reviewed in Rhein-Main Magazin

Reviewed in Mojo

Gideon Coe, BBC 6 Music (UK)

Rinse FM 

Radio Campus Tours (France)

Andy Sharp, Stomp Radio (UK)

Kevin Beadle, Solar Radio (UK)

John Warr, AfroBase, Totally Radio (Number 1 in Juno Charts) (UK)

DJ Aja, Ketch A Vibe 237 (UK)

Doctor Best, Radio Z (Germany)

David Bassin, KUSF in Exile, Free Fall Radio (USA)

Dan Wesker, The Brit Parade, Detektor (Germany)

Måns Strömberg, DJ Bunuel, Radio Helsinki (Finland)

Mark Milz, Further in Fusion, Radio Corax (Germany)

Benjamin Tollet, Radio Mukambo (UK)

WeltBeat, Globalwize on Radio X (Germany)

Julien Donaz, RTU Radio (France)

DJ Ritu, SOAS Radio (UK)

Alexander Nut, Rinse Radio (UK)

Radio Lora (Germany)

Robert Lochmann, The Jazzmadass, Radio X (Germany)

Christoph Möller, Popschutz, ByteFM (Germany)

Toshio Matsuura, Radio “Tokyo Moon” (Japan)