Dele Sosimi

LONDON Ninety One Living Room
91 Brick Ln, Spitalfields
E1 6QL


An original member of Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 – the founding fathers of Afrobeat.

Dele Sosimi's career began when he joined Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's Egypt 80, where he played phenomenal keyboards for 7 years (1979-1986), the band rising to fame and the founding fathers of the style of music known as Afrobeat. The music is a blend of complex but highly danceable funk grooves, Nigerian traditional music (including hi-life), African percussion, underpinning the jazz horns and solos from other instruments, as well as rhythmical singing. Dele was the rhythm keyboard player and toured extensively with around the world with Fela, introducing Afrobeat to the millions... 

During Fela's incarceration in 1984, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti - Fela's son and Dele's childhood/school friend took over the reins temporarily and led the band Egypt 80. During this period, Dele developed his arranging skills as the musical director of the band. He re-orchestrated and re-arranged for the Egypt 80 and also handled the recruiting and training of new musicians in Egypt 80. Dele played keyboards on innumerable Fela Kuti and Egypt 80 hits, including Parambulator, Power Show, Original Sufferhead, Customs Check Point, MOP 1 (Movement of the People), Give Me Shit I Give You Shit, Authority Stealing, Army Arrangement, Government Chicken Boy, ITT (International Thief Thief), and Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense. Expect to hear all of these hits and more at this concert. 

Dele Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene worldwide, and it's an honour to be able to call him a friend of the venue at Ninety One Living Room, after a successful summer residency in the space and an ongoing partnership. 

Dele Sosimi - keys and vocals 

Kunle Olofinjana - drums and vocals 

Alfa Sackey - percussion and congas 

Femi Elias - double bass and electric bass 

Book your table for dinner now and enjoy this very special show from your seats... Then hit the dancefloor when the moment strikes! 

'London’s Afrobeat ambassador, a former member of the mighty Egypt 80 led by Fela Kuti, keyboardist Dele returns to Ninety One Living Room after a successful residency. This is set to be heat-seeking night of funky grooves with his four piece in an intimate venue.'

(Chris Philips, Jazz FM)