Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble

HopMonk Sebastopol presents

Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble

King Ajibade

Friday, July 21, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol

Sebastopol, CA

$15.00

This event is 21 and over

Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble
Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble
Lagos Roots was founded in 2010 by legendary Nigerian musician Geoffrey Omadhebo (Sonny Okosuns, OJ Ekemode). The sounds Geoffrey brings to the band originates from the pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, Fela Kuti and Africa 70, who Geoffrey got to watch at rehearsals since his sister was a dancer for Fela.

At its inception in 2010, Lagos Roots was centered around a core group of musicians whose pedigrees literally defined the afrobeat genre. In addition to band leader, Omadhebo, who began his career in early 1970's Lagos, Nigeria (singing, playing drums and recording hits with Sonny Okosuns, Wrinkars Experience, One World and OJ Ekemode’s Nigerian Allstars), these original core members included Tutu Shorunmu (guitar, Afrika 70, Segun Bucknor), Christy Agbe (vocals, Afrika 70), Friday Jumbo (congas, Afrika 70, Monomono) and Babatunde Williams (trumpet, Koola Lobitos, Afrika 70, Manu Dibango).


Today, Geoffrey plays the role of the main songwriter of Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble. The Lagos Roots ‘Family’ consists of some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best musicians who bring an extraordinary assemblage to the stage – combining Omadhebo’s authentic, over-the-top vocal delivery with infectious call-and-response choruses, intricately-locked guitar lines, authentic afro-funk vintage keyboards, massive horn-blasted melodies and backgrounds, and a driving/groove-obsessed trap drum and percussion section.
King Ajibade
King Ajibade
King Ajibade was crowned with a name that translates to “one that wakes into royalty” and it is this fusion producers sole intention to uphold his royal Yoruba heritage by bridging Caribbean, African, Latin and Pop with his majestic gift for music.

A Nigerian native, Ajibade hails from the bustling capital city of Lagos and moved to the US as a young boy. The only one of six children with any musical aptitude, Aji sang with the gospel choir in his junior high school as well as in the church then began rapping after high school. The ability to sponge up an assortment of musical styles led to the creative richness of the eclectic, soulfully energetic sound he is now known for.

As a young adult he was sought after for his authentic take on the international music scene and began networking with blue chip industry insiders in Houston Texas where he moved after high school. His most cherished experience is with Ann Tillman, the now deceased co-founder of Destiny’s Child who served as a great mentor, inspiration and a wonderful friend during Aji’s musical coming of age. He also worked closely with Oji Pierce, producer for Montel Jordan, as well as many underground artists including Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys.

As a solo artist, King Ajibade began his journey in 2011 with the single “Waiting for You” and launched his imprint 26th Element Records to handle the release. The single was followed by the Bad Boy In Disguise EP in 2014 which set the foundation for his newest EP. Passport (due out XXX) is a deliberate move into international world pop, providing a taste of the sound King Ajibade hopes to cultivate for his broad audience. “This music is meant to travel the world” asserts Ajibade when reflecting on the EP’s title. “Life can be so stressful...I want to help people to enjoy it.”
Venue Information:
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol
230 Petaluma Ave
Sebastopol, CA, 95472
http://www.hopmonk.com/sebastopol/