Etuk Ubong & The Etuk Philosophy (Nigeria)

Etuk Ubong & The Etuk Philosophy (Nigeria)

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Reflecting the urgency of his messages, Etuk Ubong's fast-paced channelling of Afrobeat, highlife, and jazz – encompassing echoes of Ellingtonian intricacy, blue period Miles, Coltrane transcendence, the roots rebirth of Masekela – all inspired by the ancestral ever-presence of Ekombi ritual drumming, creates a unique confluence of musical and spiritual questing. It's a quest that has led Etuk Ubong to pursue jazz and classical music studies in trumpet and piano, experiences playing with such luminaries as Victor Olaiya, Femi Kuti's Positive Force, the Gangbé Brass Band and Nduduzo Makhathini, leading his own ensembles in Lagos, London and Cape Town, and in the spirit of Fela Kuti's Shrine, launching his own club, The Truth, in Lagos, the seedbed for the 14-strong band that this year has been leaving breathless audiences in its wake around Europe.