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Biography

  • Born

    22 February 1963 (age 56)

  • Born In

    Hackney, London, England, United Kingdom

Dele Sosimi (born Bamidele Olatunbosun Sosimi on 22 February 1963 in Hackney, London) is a Nigerian-British musician.

Sosimi's musical career began when he joined Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 (1979–86). Sosimi then helped create Femi Anikulapo Kuti and the Positive Force with Femi Kuti, with whom he performed from 1986 to 1994. In both bands he was keyboard player, also musical director taking care of re-orchestrating and arranging music as well as handling the recruiting and training of new musicians.

Sosimi stands out as one of the most active musicians currently on the Afrobeat scene. From his debut solo album “Turbulent Times” (2002) which featured the cream of the resident Afrobeat community to the 3-CD compilation entitled “Essential Afrobeat”, with Family Recordings (Universal), released in October 2004, then producing and co-writing “Calabash Volume 1: Afrobeat Poems” by Ikwunga, the first Afrobeat Poet, also released in 2004 through to the Wahala Project, which released the single Wahala in 2006 which also appears on Puma’s 2006 Soccer World Cup Compilation CD "Africa Plays On" culminating with his 2nd Album "IDENTITY".

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