Kola Ogunkoya & The Afrobeat Ochestra new Afrobeat Album titled OPEN YA EYE
This Afrobeat music of Gbedu Master was recorded in Atlanta Georgia USA December 2012.
Kola Ogunkoya (alto, vocals), Eric Fontaine (bass saxophone ), Jon Marett ( tenor saxophone ), J Lloyd (trombone), Caleb (trumpet), Dave Ellington (organ), Nick Johnson (guitar, right), Daniel Groover (guitar, left), Kevin Scott (bass), Dave Crenshaw (drums), Yaya Brown , Bunmi Sanya .
About Kola Ogunkoya
He was a band member in Nigerian music supper stars before coming out to follow his dream as a band leader on his own project called Gbedu Afrobeat, Kola Played with Dr Abimbola Victor Olaiya All stars Band in 80's as a Trumpeter at Stadium Hotel and outside gigs. With Handsome Wale Abiodun juju music star as Tenor Gultarist, With Webisco spiritual singers as a Keyboard pianist, With Jambos Express as Alto saxophonist , With Dayo Kujore as a Keyboard pianist, Dr Eddy Okonta Obi of trumpet as a Trombonist.
Also know as the first person to Play saxophone in FUJI MUSIC , it all started when Kwam1 King Ayinde Wasiu Marshal discover Kola ogunkoya as a creative artist with lots of talent and feature him in his Shows at Water parks Toyin street Lagos and other shows , Kwam1 then take a big step by asking him to play in his Hit album LEGACY which sold millions and still selling, sine then all Fuji and other musicians open up to option of adding saxophone to Nigeria original native authentiq music.
1996 Kola Ogunkoya Relocate his band and music to The United State Of America .
Kola Ogunkoya (born 20 August) is a Nigerian afrobeat musician who uses the term "Afro Gbedu" to describe his style of music, which includes jazz, highlife, Jùjú, funk and traditional Yoruba music.
Kola was born in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria but was of Yoruba background, the son of an itinerant police officer. After moving from Iboland to Lagos, he attended Okota Community High School, a tough environment. He was a successful amateur boxer as a teenager, but due to opposition to his pursuing this career from his father turned to music, singing and playing trumpet in his local church. He now plays an array of instruments including saxophone - soprano, alto, tenor and baritone, trumpet, fluger horn, and slide trombone.
He was influenced by artists such as Orlando Julius Ekemode, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya, Dayo Kujore, King Sunny Ade and many other Nigerian musicians with Authentic African music, for two years he played with Dr Abimbola Olaiya in All star Band at Stadium Hotel as a Trumpeter, At age 18 he formed his own band in Lagos. Kola and his 15-piece Afro jazz Ensemble, which includes female dancers, has performed all over the globe. He went to USA in 1996 where he had a successful tour. On return to Nigeria he opened a cultural club for Art and Music in Opebi, Allen, Lagos. called GBEDU MUSIC VILLAGE He lost his investment to a corrupt businessman, and his brother Due to these experiences he returned to the USA, where he gained citizenship.
By 2010 he had recorded more than 8 CD
Kola is no doubt a world-class musician who has evolved new sounds and combined elements of pure artistry in his lyrics and arrangement. Kola Omo Baba Olopa combines eclectic blend of jazz, Afro beat, highlife, juju, funk and traditional Yoruba music, using horns, guitars and keyboards along with traditional Nigerian instruments in his Sayo Music. Kolas unparalleled innovativeness in his music makes him one of the greatest musicians of this generation.