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Bro Hugh, a single by Muyiwa Kunnuji's Osemako, blends elements of Africa's premier dance genres to pay tribute to the pioneers of the continent's popular musics, whose legacies remain pivotal in trans-regional contemporary musical contexts. The trails of South African Marabi, Central African Soukous and West African Highlife, nested within more modern Afrobeat sensibilities combine to produce a sonic depiction of profound African pride. On the flip side is a linguistic convergence involving an artistic blend of English, French and Yoruba, with each language aptly positioned in lamenting the transience of human life, while encouraging a visionary outlook, which often culminates in fulfilled dreams. The creative combination of call-and-response, percussive bass and tradition-inspired rhythms in this piece engenders a nostalgic, yet futuristic musical collage, which advances African artistic praxis.

A tribute to the Legends of Africa who died recently :
Dr Victor Abinbola Olaiya, Manu Dibango, Tony Allen, Mory Kante, Majek Fashek and also to Hugh Masekela that the track is named after

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released July 24, 2020
- Muyiwa Kunnuji – Trumpet, Lead Vocal, Organ, Shekere
- Julien Gimbert – Bass, Back-up vocal
- Baptiste Clerc – Guitar, Back-up vocal
- Tom Gareil – Vibraphone, Back-up vocal
- Jerome Chalendard – Tenor sax, Back-up vocal
- Christophe Natale – Alto saxophone, Back-up vocal
- Vincent Baurens – Drums, Agogo, Back-up vocal

Recording Engineer : Laurent Aigon (Studio Tour Magne, Nimes)
Mixed : Jeremy Fach (F - Studio, Gap)
Mastered : Grant Phabao (Paris Djs, Paris)

Graphic design : Martin Smith
Photos : Stephane Barbier
L Note : Dr Lanre Kunnuji


Composed and produced by Muyiwa Kunnuji

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Muyiwa Kunnuji & OSEMAKO France

OSEMAKO : Created & led by MUYIWA KUNNUJI (NIGERIA)

Baptized into the style of the precursors of 50s to 90s, Muyiwa Kunnuji is influenced by Afrobeat, Highlife, The Yoruba & Ogu rhythms, jazz, blues,Gospel.
Muyiwa, a self-taught trumpeter, has played with Fela Kuti, later on Seun Kuti & Egypt 80,
Tony Allen & many other bands of note. He has launched his band in France which plays his originals.
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