What do you get when you put together San Francisco Bay Area rare-groove musicologist/musicians with a West African musical master, whose resume includes playing/recording in such seminal Nigerian afrobeat and highlife acts as Sonny Okosuns & Ozziddi and OJ Ekemode? You get LAGOS ROOTS! Each member of Lagos Roots is a seasoned artist with reputations worthy of individual praise. And together, they are receiving it, capturing the hearts of world music and funky break-beat lovers with their ability to draw out an authentic and contagious afrobeat sound!

Fronted by Geoffrey Omadhebo (Sonny Okosuns, OJ Ekemode), this 17-piece afrobeat ensemble brings it back to the root: straight to 1970’s West Africa. Unfiltered, deeply-grooved and intense Nigerian Afrobeat – tribal funk rhythms keeping you dialed-in on the dance floor and sweating to the music of the Kalakuta Republic. The band’s performances feature a healthy blend of Fela Kuti’s Afrika 70 classic repertoire along with Omadhebo’s own politically-charged compositions.

Orchestra Gold is driven by a mission to share Mali’s ancient musical treasures with the West. Musically, they are influenced by the 1960’s era Big-Band sound, the creative Golden Era which saw the first wave of reinterpretation of old folkloric music. Socially, they are driven a vision for a more equitable society, and a world where the music that hits the hardest can reach those who need it the most. Through a variety of additional activities such as dance workshops and classes for youth, Orchestra Gold strives to expose oldstyle art forms of this era not just to the broad audience at large but specifically to segments of the population (poor, under-resourced) that could most benefit from it.

The story of Orchestra Gold spans time and space, beginning as the seed of collaboration between Malian dancer/singer Mariam Diakité and Californian multi-instrumentalist Erich Huffaker.

Sonically, Orchestra Gold is influenced by the Golden era of Malian music, utilizing western instrumentation (guitar, bass, drums) to reinterpret oldschool authentic folkloric music. Drawing from other disparate elements of the 60’s and 70’s such as afrofunk, groove-oriented classic rock and psychedelia, the oldstyle sound they promote prioritizes gritty, analog production, and a stripped-down approach to songwriting.

The handle, “Orchestra Gold”, has a dual meaning. On one hand, it pays homage to the celebrated style of big band music developed during Mali’s post-independence golden era 1960’s-1970’s. On a deeper level, the name reflects the fact that although Sub-Saharan West Africa (especially Mali) is well-endowed with the prized element gold, its true source of value is not its material resources, but its music.


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