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‘Tech Afrique’ Eli Fola Is Back With His New Hypnotic Electro-Jazz EP: ‘The Platform’

The new project continues to follow the distinctly jazz-electronic sound Nigerian-born Eli Fola has been developing.

EP cover courtesy of Eli Fola.


Back in January, Okayafrica interviewed Eli Fola, a Brooklyn-based and Nigerian-born musician, where we highlighted his music video for his song, 'Evolve.' Fola got his music start, “at the age of 9, while attending church with his parents in Nigeria where he joined the children’s choir, and started learning to play different musical instruments such as local African drums, congas, piano, and eventually settling with the saxophone.”

The video for 'Evolve' chronicles Fola’s unique DJ performances across NYC subway platforms. The song itself refreshingly incorporates the electronic sounds of house and techno all the while maintaining a distinct jazzy aesthetic.

'Evolve' is the introduction to his new, aptly named EP, The Platform, which Fola began work on while taking production courses at Dubspot NYC back in early 2015. It's just been released and is now available for you and yours to stream on Soundcloud. The EP continues to follow the distinctly jazzy, yet electronic sound trajectory Fola has been developing.

The lone feature on the hypnotic project appears on the track, 'Apocalypse' with the live string quartet known as the New York Virtousi laying down some smoothness.

If you haven’t already, press play on the dazzling visuals for 'Evolve,' peep the captivating new six tracks off The Platform EP and be on the lookout for more news about the talented Eli Fola.

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Photo: Mariela Alvarez.

Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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