Koichi Sakai & Afla Sackey
12" Vinyl UK
The collaborative debut album from Koichi Sakai and Afla Sackey.
Following a successful EP in 2019, featuring remixes from Osunlade & Pocz, Olindo Records are proud to present "Wono", the debut collaborative album from Koichi Sakai & Afla Sackey. The album is a deep exploration of Koichi's love of both electronic and West African music, in close collaboration with Ghana-born master percussionist, singer, band leader, teacher and songwriter, Afla Sackey. Featuring 7 tracks ranging from the meditative "Yamb", which features master kora player Kadialy Kouyate, to the acid infused, slow house workout of "Niege". Passing through a contemporary highlife take on advance single "Suolo" and an album version of the previously released "Jingo". Koichi Sakai is a London-based producer and DJ, a well-known head in London music circles thanks to his role in co-founding the legendary Afrobeat Vibration nights alongside Dele Sosimi. He has previously recorded and released music with Kay Suzuki as Afrobuddha, and they recorded a set together for Boiler Room. Afla Sackey is leader of 10-piece afro funk and highlife orchestra, Afrik Bawantu, and the man who the likes of Kokoroko call when they need some extra power on the percussion or a singer to lead their Church of Sound tribute to Ebo Taylor. Koichi Sakai & Afla Sackey's first collaborative project on Olindo Records, the "Wono" EP released late last year, received widespread support, particular from Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6 Music, Defected Radio, Mafalda, Hector Plimmer & Zakia (NTS), Tony Minvielle (Jazz FM), Tim Garcia (Música Macondo / Jazz FM), Music is my Sanctuary, TwistedSoul, Mari* & Papaoul (Worldwide FM), Alan McKinnon and DJ Harv. [info sheet from distr.]