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Ezra Collective at Field Day. Photo: Giles Smith.

You Need to Watch This London Jazz Band Play Fela Kuti

Ezra Collective recently played a special gig as they took on the king of afrobeat's catalog.

Ezra Collective are one of the bright lights coming out of London's flourishing new jazz scene.

The 5-piece outfit—which is made up of drummer Femi Koleoso, bassist TJ Koleoso, keyboardist Joe Armon Jones, trumpet player Dylan Jones, and James Mollison on saxophone—regularly cull from their afrobeat, hip-hop, and reggae influences to create something completely unique.

The group recently played a special gig as part of the Church of Sound series in which their afrobeat influences really showed as they took on the catalog of Fela Kuti.


Covering Fela is no easy task, and the band enlisted an additional crew of musicians & friends to help them deliver they're own energetic takes on the king of afrobeat's compositions.

"Since meeting 6 years ago, as friends, before dreams of writing our own music, what united us musically was our Iove for Fela Kuti. This was the tribute show that was always meant to happen," mentions drummer Femi Koleoso.

Watch a video from the concert below, captured by Three Shades, and catch the group on their upcoming European tour dates in July and August which you can check out in full here.

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How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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