- Post 15 September 2005
- Last Updated on 23 April 2008
- By Arts Music & Movies
Adé ‚antu's musical collective Bantu is the NiGerman Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity. A pioneer of the German HipHop movement from the start, Adé ©s among the central figures who have shaped the genre as it is in the country today.
Adegoke (Adé© and Abiodun (Abi) were born to a German Mother and a Nigerian Father in Lagos Nigeria, then relocated in Cologne/Germany in recent years, his spicy AfroPean stew is a natural blend of the most converse elements of both continents' traditions. Drawing from his forefathers' roots and his experience of the African diaspora alike, he uses the variety of urban styles and sounds from R'n'B through HipHop to Ragga to contribute another shade to the soundtrack of a global Africa: profoundly rooted in Yoruba history yet dripping with Western production standards, deeply sensual yet utterly spiritual, thoroughly individual yet highly political.
Adegoke and Abiodun, his brother
The political aspect was exercised exceptionally effectively with AfroGerman musical pressure group Brothers Keepers. The all-star ensemble, masterminded by Adé ‚antu, combines artistic versatility with a clear political statement. It takes the most outspoken stand against racist violence in the country yet. One step further with the violence, they said in their most successful song to date, "Adriano (Letzte Warnung)" ("Adriano (Last Warning)"), and we fight back with a vengeance! And then they took it right into the mainstream, to the very top of the German charts.
Ade Bantu and Adewale Ayuba
All the different shades and colours he almost excessively indulges in during the course of those performances have been jam-packed into his first international collaboration. We have the characteristic Fuji topics, rather explicitly dwelling on secular affairs, love's mysterious ways, lust and lubricity. There is the mingling of African and Western instrumentation, inspirationally transforming the seemingly mundane into states far more spiritual and deep.
Finally, the constant reworking and revitalisation of all the ingredients ? from the ancient rituals of Ayuba's African heritage to the varying styles and fashions of the West ? is an absolute must. For in Fuji philosophy, what has become static has become meaningless.
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Record Release-Information May 2005
Artist: BANTU feat. AYUBA
Title: FUJI SATISFACTION
Subtitle: SOUNDCLASH IN LAGOS / WITH BONUS VIDEO
Short-info: One step backwards ? three steps forward at the least: It's back to the roots for Adé ‚antu of Brothers Keepers fame. On to new frontiers for the star of Nigeria's second generation of Fuji, Adewale Ayuba. Further in all directions for all of us . "Fuji Satisfaction" is the peaceful and joyful marriage of Islamic traditions with the West. The celebration of cultural diversity without losing sight of specific traditions. Party music that does not distract from, but addres ses the social turmoil of its surroundings ?
Quote: "Bantu's songs are a successful fusion of Nigerian sounds and rhythms with an up to date production that leaves world music cliché³ far behind" ? Jay Rutledge
Musicians: Adé ‚antu ? voc / Adewale Ayuba ? voc / Blain Pawlos ? voc / Don Abi ? voc / Mirta Junco Wambrug ? voc / Akeem Egunjobi ? backing voc / Mukaila Afolabi ? backing voc / Oladapo Adebayo ? backing voc / Teniade Olafisoye ? backing voc / Ben Abarbanel-Wolff ? saxophones, wood flute / Daniel Allen ? trumpet / Frank Schellenberger ? hammond, rhodes, programming & editing / Mandjao Fati ? bass, guitar / Matt Hutchinson ? Rhodes / Oghene Kologbo (Ex Africa70) ? guitar, drums, bass, backing voc / Reiner Witzel ? saxophones, flute / Azeez Allabi ? sakara / Basiru Olayori ? Apala / Ganiyu Elusola ? omele apala / Jelili Ayanrinde ? iga ilu / Mudasiru Ayansina ? bata / Taiwo Boaji ? omele apala
Titles: 01 Intro 0:35 / 02 Fuji Satisfaction (Adewale Ayuba/Femi Odukoya/Barbara Sobiegalla/Hans Joachim Krol) 3:11 / 03 Oya (Adewale Ayuba/Barbara Sobiegalla/Hans Joachim Kro) 6:14 / 04 Follow Your Road Go (Adegoke Odukoya/Blain Pawlos/Adewale Ayuba/Oghene Kologbo/Ben Abarbanel-Wolff) 4:21 / 05 Mt. Fuji (Adewale Ayuba/Barbara Sobiegalla/Blain Pawlos/Mirta Junco Wambrug/Femi Odukoya/Hans Joachim Krol) 4:33 / 06 Where Di Water, Where Di Lighter? (Barbara Sobiegalla/Hans Joachim Krol) 3:13 / 07 Mama (Adewale Ayuba/Femi Odukoya/Barbara Sobiegalla/Blain Pawlos/Hans Joachim Krol) 4:54 / 08 How Real (Can A Real, Real Be?) (Adegoke Odukoya/Oghene Kologbo/Ben Abarbanel-Wolff) 6:11 / 09 Many Lessons (Adewale Ayuba/Adegoke Odukoya/Abiodun Odukoya) 3:49 / 10 Rise Up To The Occasion (Adegoke Odukoya/Hans Joachim Krol/Ben Abarbanel-Wolff) 4:47 / 11 Listen Attentively (Adegoke Odukoya/ Oghene Kologbo/Ben Abarbanel-Wolff) 7:53 / BONUS Video ?Fuji Satisfaction? (for PC/Mac) 4:04
Recommended listening: Title 1/2 (together) and 6