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Orlando Julius (NG)

Orlando Julius (born Orlando Julius Aremu Olusanya Ekemode, 1943) is a Nigerian musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is credited as one of the first musicians to fuse US R&B into traditional highlife music, creating his own influential Afrobeat sound during the mid-‘60s. From his time playing in the USA during the 1970s onwards, he is credited with bringing African music to a broader audience and famously co-composed the song ‘Going Back To My Roots’ with Lamont Dozier. He still plays and records regularly today.

An indigene of Ilesha in Osun State, Orlando Julius Ekemode was born in Ikole-Ekiti to a trading family. His father first traded in Abeokuta before moving to Ikole-Ekiti where he was given a piece...

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The Heliocentrics (UK)

The Heliocentrics is a London based music collective breaking boundaries between funk, rock, electronic, ethnic traditions, and experimental music.

The Heliocentrics’ debut album, Out There (2007) was a confounding piece of work. Drawing from the funk universe of James Brown, the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra, the cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone and the sublime fusion of David Axelrod, musique concrete, post-punk and krautrock, it pointed the way towards a brand new kind of psychedelia, one that could only come from many years of musical evolution and the refusal to conform to a single genre.

The band’s collective drive is to find an individual voice, and they search for it in an alternate galaxy where the orb...

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