For the past 18 years, Sola Akingbola has been an integral part of the British Funk and acid Jazz band Jamiroquai as lead percussionist.
Now, in 2014, the founder and lead vocalist of African funk group Critical mass is taking to the stage with the release of a début EP from his new Live project Critical Mass.
The EP – titled Generation Vex – will be released through Hip Sync Records on 1st May through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Deezer.
Generation Vex mixes twisted guitars riffs with explosive beats in a contemporary Afro-UK sound that pounds with a futuristic edge. The song melds stylistic and tempo shifts, reflecting the diverse influences brought to the group by its members and the discordant times in which we live.
Cuban drummer Michel Castellanos and English percussionist Will Fry play alongside Jeremiah Olaleye, on bass, and Sola Akingbola, on lead vocals and percussion.
The EP was written by Sola Akingbola and social anthropologist Gillian Evans – as a reaction to the revolutionary undercurrents and periods of mass defiance that have characterized the beginning of the 21st Century.
“We wanted to delve into our separate musical cultures and bring them all together on this single,” said Sola Akingbola.
“But we didn’t just want it to be a fusion of styles, we wanted to bring our individual influences and make something fresh and unique, that pulls us together into something new and speaks to people about the way we live now.
“By harnessing those different styles and bringing them into a single sound we want to reflect the schizophrenic way we live now, where thousands of aggravated voices can cry out all at once. Those voices may speak in many languages, but they’re all expressing the same thing.
“That’s what we hope our project does. We hope we’ve created something people will really connect with.”
The band performed live at Cargo in Shoreditch, London for their EP launch party on the 3rd of April.
A force to be reckoned with in his own right, Sola Akingbola is the elder brother of Holby City Star Jimmy Akingbola, who was present at his brothers gig in London to give him support.
The actor is obviously his brother’s number one fan (Expectedly), as he’s constantly talking about his brother’s work on his Twitter Account. Sweet eh?
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