Monday, August 04, 2014
New Orlando Julius coming, collab w Heliocentrics
Via Strut, who say: "One of the first Nigerian musicians to mix African highlife music with American jazz, soul and blues, Saxophonist Orlando Julius is a forefather of the Afrobeat sound popularized by Fela Kuti, who himself used to watch and sit in with Julius' band in Ibadan during the the '60s.
In his 70s now, Orlando Julius is as excited by new sounds as ever, and remains a monster player. Jaiyede Afro sees him connecting with London-based outfit The Heliocentrics (led by drummer Malcolm Catto) for an album that incorporates cosmic jazz and psychedelic influences and pushes the boundaries of Afrobeat music.
Jaiyede Afro is out September 9th on CD, vinyl and digital download, and can be pre-ordered now. As always, vinyl orders from the Strut Store will ship on limited edition 180 gram vinyl while supplies last, and all vinyl editions include a copy of the album on CD.