Africa Is The Future

by Kologbo

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    "Africa is The Future"
    Cat. n° PARISDJS091

    Limited edition 8-tracks gatefold vinyl LP
    500 copies only

    Includes digital pre-order of Africa Is The Future. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases September 6, 2017
    item ships out on or around September 29, 2017
    edition of 500 

      €28 EUR or more 


  • T-Shirt/Apparel

    T-shirt made in France. 160g cotton, carbon-brushed for an ultra-soft feel. Double topstitch. Short sleeves. Slightly slim fit for men, slim fit for women. Screen printing.
    Includes a digital download code of Africa Is The Future. The moment the album is released you'll get a unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    T-shirt fabriqué en France. Coton 160 gr, brossé carbone pour un toucher ultra-doux. Double surpiqûre. Manches courtes. Coupe légèrement cintrée pour homme, cintrée pour femme. Impression en sérigraphie.
    Inclus un code de téléchargement de Africa Is The Future. Dès que l'album sera sorti vous aurez accès à du streaming illimité par le biais de l'application Bandcamp, ainsi qu'un téléchargement haute-qualité en MP3, FLAC et plus.
    shipping out on or around September 29, 2017

      €50 EUR or more 


  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Africa Is The Future. You get 2 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    releases September 6, 2017

      €10 EUR  or more


You No Lie
Abandon Property
Who Is Who
Africa Is The Future
Another Man Thing
My People


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/mediae.

"Africa Is The Future" is a true collective effort, with many guests gathering forces on the project: Tony Allen, playing drums on 5 tracks out of 8 (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…


releases September 6, 2017

Oghene Kologbo - drums (3, 4, 7), keyboards (1, 5, 6), harmonica (2) bass, percussion, tenor & rhythm 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 - tenor saxophone (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8)
Stu Krause - trumpet (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8)
Nicolas Sakelario - alto & baritone 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)
Martin Lamarle - tenor guitar (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



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