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Biography

KOTOJA, Nigerian Afro-Beat. Comprised of a heady mix of top Nigerian and American musicians, KOTOJA, led by Nigerian bassist/vocalist. BABÁ KEN OKULOLO, has excited audiences around the U.S. and Canada with their infectious mix of African highlife, juju, funk, and jazzy horns.

KOTOJA's animated, powerful shows, featuring Okulolo's original songs and vocals, brighten the scene with bubbling dance rhythms, jazz-informed musicianship, and an uplifting, universal message that brings music lovers to their feet.

Their national tours and three album releases ("Freedom Is What Everybody Needs" and "Sawale" on Mesa Recordings,
"Super Sawale" on Putumayo) have won critical acclaim:

"A WINNING COMBINATION…AN INTOXICATING BREW…A WILD HYBRID OF STYLES FROM HIGHLIFE TO JUJU TO SOCA AND REGGAE" –Tower Pulse

"IT'S FANTASTIC MUSIC…I JUST LOVE IT'–Hugh Masekela

"THE RHYTHM IS SOLID AND THE MUSIC GENUINELY UPLIFTING"–Downbeat

"KOTOJA HAS A FERVENT FOLLOWING FOR ITS MIX"–Entertainment Weekly

"LILTING VOCALS, SOULFUL HORNS, CHURNING PERCUSSION–AND OKULOLO'S SUPPLE BASS LINES, FIRMLY HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER. GREAT GROOVES!"–Bass Player Magazine

"A VITAL POP EXPERIMENT WHERE CONSISTENTLY HARD RHYTHMS HIDE FANGS BENEATH A SUNNY SHEEN"–The Beat

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