Afrobeat singer and saxophonist Femi Koya releases his new album, Village Afrobeat, and presents it live on a national tour.

Music composer and performer, versatile saxophonist and dynamic vocalist, Femi Koya is releasing his third album entitled Village Afrobeat (FemzeeProductions, 2018) on 20th April.

Born in Nigeria and based in South Africa, Femi Koya is the new face of the African Renaissance. He combines West African highlife and jazz, South African Sophiatown with nostalgic Afrobeat root sounds and his music is a
rich blend of deep and sultry Afrobeat and the contemporary groove.

“I believe that Africa will have its true homecoming when people see themselves as first and foremost African. Until then I will continue to make music suggestive of this homecoming and what the future holds for Africans united. It is our destiny”, says Femi Koya.

Femi’s new album is an African party, jazzed up with Afrobeat’s horn arrangements, with talking drum and percussions driving the African heartbeat. Songs such as Babalawo, Lerato, Alo, and Kongo enable new generations to understand the significance of these narratives as well as providing a nostalgic look at village culture and its life lessons.

Femi says: “These songs tell stories of what happens in villages and especially in fables, with animals like the tortoise, the role of the town criers, village men and women as part of the whole village lifestyle. The
songs also depict nature, fertility, rituals, change of seasons and traditions essential to village life.”

Femi Koya will be touring nationally with his 9-piece Afrobeat ensemble, presenting Village Afrobeat in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng. The band is comprised of Femi Koya on sax and vocals, Maxwell Baloyi on keyboards, Olusegun Oyedele on talking drum, Peter Adesola on
trombone, Karo Ndoite on guitar, Seun Adebari on drums, Felix Arimoro on flugelhorn, Peter Shishe on trumpet and Gally Ngoveni on bass.

The Village Afrobeat national album release tour will commence in Cape Town at Café Roux, Cape Farmhouse, and Waterfront V&A from the 26thto 29thApril. The 10thto 12th May the tour hits Durban with performances at The Chairman and Jazzy Rainbow. In Gauteng, from 17th May to 31stMay,Village Afrobeat lights up The Orbit Jazz Club, African Beer Emporium, King Kong and Winnie’s Jazz Club- with further venues to be confirmed.

The musical influences that can be found in Village Afrobeat include Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Manu Dibango, Hugh Masekela and Baaba Maal. About the title of the album, Femi says: “Some say Africa is a village. I say let us
then unite Africans through the metaphor of a village. Some say we are going back to our roots, Africa. I carry my root along with me into the future”.

20th April 2018 is the release date set for Village Afrobeat album to go live on digital online stores like iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. Physical CDs can be bought at Musica and CNA. Copies of the new CD will also be on
sale at the performances.

Femi Koya Village Afrobeat Tour is supported by Concerts SA through the Music Mobility Fund, a funding mechanism which offers opportunities for South African musicians to undertake live music tours.

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