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"Another excellent result for Jamiroquai's first lord of the funk means Sola retains his position as one of the most high-profile contemporary percussionists in the land. Jay Kay's output just wouldn't be the same without his graciously groovy contributions."" Sola also came second in the 'Best Live Percussionist' category. Rhtyhm siad:
"[Sola's] 21st century percussion explorations make him an indispensable element in Jay Kay's funky masterplan."Curious how it all started? Let Sola Akingbola explain it to you in his own words:
"This is where I confess that I started playing percussion by accident but then again what is an accident? It was by design that percussion found me perhaps. My first touch was a pair of small clay bongo type drums that a friend bought back for me from Morocco and I messed about with those until they were accidentally broken."After that the same friend bought him a set of brand new fiberglass LP congas Potato model as a challenge to take up percussion seriously rather than talk percussion incessantly. Some serious years of wood-shedding with George Duke on the Boogie Box (album Brazilian Love Affair a must for any serious drummer/percussionist) and some chance meetings at Ronnie Scott's with Alex Acuna and Irakere from Cuba lay the foundations for the beginning of a lifetime obsession/struggle.
"These distinctive grooves are the bedrock of my personal percussive and compositional quest and were first given a funk potential by the inimitable Fela Anikulapo Kuti of Lagos Nigeria. My mission is to continue this creative synthesis and exploration of Yoruba rhythms with Western harmonic concepts whether they be jazz, funk, rock or classically inspired."
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