Orlando Julius


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Nigeria’s dapper saxophone colossus Orlando Julius began fusing traditional African sounds and rhythms with those of American pop, soul and R&B in the ‘60s, becoming a key figure in the invention and development of Afro-pop with his hugely successful album Super Afro Soul, later a major influence on Fela Kuti and Afrobeat. In the ‘70s he spent some time in the US, collaborating with Hugh Masekela and making a significant (though uncredited) musical contribution to Lamont Dozier’s disco hit, Going Back to My Roots. He returned home and continued a busy career, largely unknown outside Nigeria until UK label Strut reissued Super Afro Soul, gaining international attention and eventually leading to an album collaboration and tours with members including that of London’s The Heliocentrics.

Orlando Julius Ekemode - vocals, saxophone, keyboard
Latoya Ekemode - percussion
Jake Ferguson - bass
Malcolm Douglas Catto - drums
Jack Yglesias - congas
Adrian Maurice Owusu - guitar
Jay Phelps - trumpet