Welcome to African Music Source!
Here is info about BABÁ KEN OKULOLO and his distinctive bands:
Babá Ken & KOTOJA,
The WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND,
Babá Ken Okulolo & the NIGERIAN BROTHERS, and
Babá Ken & the AFRICAN DRUMMERS
Babá Ken Okulolo is a beloved SF Bay Area-based Nigerian bandleader, vocalist, bassist, teacher and multi-instrumentalist, one of the few popular African musicians of today whose roots extend deep into his country’s musical history.
He now leads several distinct African bands and teaches students of all ages. His lively performances, recordings, drum circles, and classes spread an uplifting message and bring the joy of African music to every audience.
Babá Ken was first seen in the U.S. as bassist on King Sunny Ade’s world tours. He is known for his work with Nigeria’s legendary Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, highlife master Dr. Victor Olaiya, and the seminal Afro-rock group Monomono.
He has countless Nigerian and American recording dates to his credit, and the Nigerian Journalists' Association five times voted him the country's top bassist. He founded the international super-group Babá Ken & KOTOJA, famed for its bubbling brew of Afrobeat, highlife, juju, and jazz, and which inspired the start-up of Putumayo World Music.
BABÁ KEN's bands are: the exciting Babá Ken & KOTOJA, the all-star WEST AFRICAN HIGHLIFE BAND, the folk group Babá Ken Okulolo & the NIGERIAN BROTHERS, plus the festive Babá Ken & the AFRICAN DRUMMERS.
He teaches instrumental techniques, African percussion, and music appreciation to students of all ages in schools, colleges, drum circles, and private lessons. He presides at family ceremonies and special events.
Contact us to talk about booking live shows, concerts,
special occasions, workshops, assemblies, classes and lessons.