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Sola Akingbola


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Sola Akingbola is percussionist and band member of Jamiroquai, the UK’s multi-million album selling Acid-Jazz Funk band. Sola is integral to the Jamiroquai sound - along with drummer, Derrick Mckenzie, he produced the groove chemistry that has rocked the last five albums.

It was Derrick McKenzie who first got Sola the Jamiroquai gig: Derrick had been given the task of finding a new percussionist, and he had three names on his short list. Which one to call first? Intrigued by Sola’s unique name, and needing someone who could immediately step up and fill the percussionist post for a TV show in Paris called Taratata, Derrick picked up the phone and dialled.

When Derrick made that call, Sola had just completed an intense eight-month world tour with the then up-and-coming Jazz guitarist, Ronny Jordan. Sola recorded two albums with (the late) Ronny Jordan – ‘A Quiet Storm’ and ‘Light to Dark’ - and contributed two compositions to the latter. Sola thought he was looking forward to a well-earned rest and instead, was caught up for the next ten years in the whirlwind global success of Jamiroquai.

Now taking centre-stage as lead singer, Sola is currently working towards completing a second recording of his own original compositions - a new live project called CRITICAL MASS. A funky roots project with a hard, futuristic edge, CRITICAL MASS combines tastefully layered percussion with funky grooves drawn from the creative use of the Yoruba language.

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