Here’s your first taster of Afrobeat icon Dele Sosimi re-imagined in dub by two production masters, Prince Fatty and Nostalgia 77. ‘Dance Together’ is a never before released track from the same recording session that brought you Dele’s most recent album ‘You No Fit Touch Am’.
“It was such a rush to have Prince Fatty and Nostalgia 77 work their magic on Dele’s material. With Fatty bringing the spirit of 80s On-U Sound, Mikey Dread and Mad Professor, and Ben Nostalgia having mixed Dele’s original LP, this was always going to be something very special.” Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s)
‘You No Fit Touch Am’, Dele Sosimi’s first full-length album in almost a decade, was released by Wah Wah 45s in May 2015. It represented where Dele is today – something of an untouchable force in the music scene that he has always been such a vital part of. The album provided 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.
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 both Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and FemiKuti’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.
Gideon Coe, BBC Radio 6 Music (United Kingdom)
The Global Glitch Show with Madera Verde, Mi Soul Radio (United Kingdom)
innamissions., KUCI 88.9fm (United States of America)
DJ Ritu, A World in London, SOAS Radio (United Kingdom)
John Warr, AfroBase, Radio Reverb/Totally Radio (United Kingdom)
DJ Bunuel, Radio Helsinki (Finland)