TAVASTIA SAT 19.4.
Nigerian Aiyekooto combines enchanting afrobeat with older Ghana-born genres of highlife and funky. Living in Helsinki since 2005, he has surrounded himself with the impressive Afrobeat International band, consisting of renowned rhythm musicians. Before coming to Finland the band’s leader Babatunde Akerele composed, wrote lyrics and arranged his 70′s afro sound in Lagos, Nigeria.
Aiyekooto & His Afrobeat International were chosen the best band of 2007 at the Funk Awards gala in February. The 20-member band, serving exotic rhythms and positive vibrations, has thrown several energetic and enthusiastic gigs at clubs and festivals around the country. The band is a real dance floor filler – it’s almost impossible to avoid the urge to dance to their seductive rhythms. When the audience is in the groove, they don’t want to let the band go off stage. You can witness that personally on Saturday at Tavastia!
Joachim Backman – drums | Kari Hulkkonen – bass | Jori Hulkkonen – guitar | Seppo “Paarma” Salmi – guitar | Emilia Takayama – guitar | Atte Karttunen – percussion | Aukka Auvinen – percussion | Poika Orma – percussion | Eero Savela – trumpet | Kalevi Louhivuori – trumpet | Ville Nissinen – trombone | Heikki Tuhkanen – trombone | Erno Haukkala – trombone | Jussi Paavola – saxophones | Linda Fredriksson – saxophones | Antti Lauronen – saxophones | Ilkka Ferm – saxophones | Elina Katajamäki – backing vocals | Helmi Saksala – backing vocals | Babatunde Akerele – vocals