Kologbo - Africa Is The Future
Kologbo - Africa Is The Future

Guitar legend Oghene Kologbo was born in Warri, Nigeria in 1957. His father was the well known highlife musician Joe King Kologbo. When Kologbo was a teenager, he began performing with the revolutionary Afrobeat master Fela Kuti. Kologbo went on to record more than 50 sides with Africa 70. He played the hypnotic tenor guitar lines, but often recorded bass and rhythm guitar too. Kologbo was Fela's personal assistant and "tape recorder". That is, it was his job to remember the melodies Fela would sing to him late at night, then teach them to the band at rehearsal the next day. In 1978, after a show at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Kologbo left the band (along with Tony Allen and a few others) and stayed in Berlin.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Kologbo worked with the legendary but short-lived Roots Anabo. He also toured and recorded with King Sunny Ade, Tony Allen, and Brenda Fosse, among others. In 2005, Kologbo began working with the Afrobeat Academy, Berlin's heaviest afrobeat ensemble — which later on morphed into Ebo Taylor's and then Pat Thomas' backing bands — and released together in 2007 the album "Remember Fela Kuti". In 2008 he moved to France to join Tony Allen's on tenor guitar. After nearly a year playing and teaching Afrobeat in Brazil, Kologbo came back to France to work on his new record, "Africa is the Future", produced by Loik Dury and Grant Phabao from the Paris DJs label/media/store.

"Africa Is The Future" is a true collective effort, with many guests gathering forces on the project: Tony Allen, playing drums on 5 tracks (Nigeria/France), singer Pat Thomas (Ghana), deejay Joseph Cotton (Jamaica), singer Ayo (Nigeria/Germany), horn players from the Afrobeat Academy (Germany) or from Les Frères Smith (France), members of Antibalas (USA), Newen Afrobeat (Chile), etc. This is afrobeat from the 21st century at its purest, blending the originators and the descendants together ! And it's just a new beginning, with Kologbo now preparing new live & recording projects…

Pre-order on parisdjs.bandcamp.com
(Due to pressing plant delays, the album will be released late september 2017, exact date to be announced)

Kologbo - Africa Is The Future
Kologbo - Africa Is The Future
(LP/T-shirt pre-order) Paris DJs PARISDJS091, 2017-09-29

Tracklisting :
01. You No Lie 3:59
02. Abandon Property 3:14
03. Adjoleru 4:42
04. Who Is Who 6:13
05. Africa Is The Future 4:59
06. Another Man Thing 4:20
07. Don’t Mind Them 4:50 08. My People 4:19

Credits :
Oghene Kologbo - drums (3, 4, 7), keyboards (1, 5, 6), harmonica (2) bass, percussion, tenor guitar, vocals (all songs)
Tony Allen - drums (1, 2, 5, 6, 8)
Pat Thomas - vocals (1, 5)
Joseph Cotton - vocals (8)
Ayo - backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 5)
Ben Abarbanel-Wolff - saxophone (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8)
Stu Krause - trumpet (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8)
Nicolas Sakelario - saxophone (4, 7)
Fabrice Fila - tenor saxophone (4, 7)

Additional musicians :
Joe King Kologbo - first guitar solo (6)
Christophe 'Disco' Minck - keyboards (5)
Julien Sannicolo - trumpet (7)
Daniele Martini - tenor saxophone (4, 7)
Marcelo Morales - tenor saxophone solo (4)
Martin Perña - flute (1)
Klaus Brantmayer - flute (4)
Nicolas Libertad - additional lead vocals (4)
Macarena Rozic, Francisca Castro, María Francisca Riquelme, Camila Fuentes - backing vocals (4, 7)
Serena Kologbo - backing vocals (1, 3, 5, 4, 7, 2)

1, 2, 3, 5, 8 recorded and produced by Loik Dury at Kraked
6 recorded and produced by Loik Dury at Kraked and Grant Phabao at Paris DJs
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 mixed by Loik Dury and Grant Phabao
4, 7 recorded, produced and mixed by Grant Phabao at Paris DJs
Artwork by Bruno Liance, interior art, finishes & labels by Ben Hito
℗ 2017 Kraked / T.I.M.E.C. / Paris DJs

Links :
Pre-order on parisdjs.bandcamp.com
Kologbo : Bandcamp | discogs | facebook | parisdjs | twitter
Paris DJs : parisdjs.com | bandcamp | facebook | juno | pinterest | soundcloud | twitter | youtube
Artwork by Bruno Liance : blogspot | facebook | ultra-book

Kologbo - Africa Is The Future
T-shirt made in France screen printed by l'atelier Anarres in Paris (anarres.fr)

Kologbo 2016 interview (in French)

Original post on Paris DJs