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artist: Artists O.J. Ekemode

  • program September 21, 2017

    San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay

    It turns out that the first American city to host a roster of local African bands was not New York, Miami or Chicago, but the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California. Hugh Masekela brought Hedzoleh Soundz from Ghana, and … Read more »

  • interview April 7, 2016

    San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay, Back in the Day…

    The Afropop Worldwide program “San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay” tells the unlikely story of how a quorum of superb African musicians—from Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa—landed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s and early ‘80s. These … Read more »

  • botb November 16, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Orlando Julius Ekemode

    Nigerian bandleader, composer and saxophonist Orlando Julius, a.k.a. O.J. Ekemode, is the subject of this installment of Afropop’s “Best of The Beat” series of reprints of features from The Beat magazine. A seminal figure in highlife, Afrobeat and international African … Read more »

  • blog September 9, 2014

    RESPECT: Orlando Julius

    Before Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the edgiest, funkiest man in Nigerian pop music was Orlando Julius Aremu Olusanya Ekemode, or OJ for short. Despite having topped charts multiple times in both Nigeria and the U.S. since 1960, there is shockingly little … Read more »

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