Orlando Julius | Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
With a career spanning more than five decades and several continents, Orlando Julius has become an indelible figure in African music and global music alike. Beginning in the 1960s, Julius’ revolutionary blend of traditional Nigerian sounds with those of American pop, R&B, and soul is oft cited as pivotal to the invention, development, and popularization of Afropop. At the time, the debut of his seminal work in 1966, Super Afro Soul, garnered Julius national acclaim. But it wasn’t until its re-release on Strut in 2000 that the body work was recognized globally.
The Nigerian-native continues to be active in the international music community, and he returns to Brooklyn for an exciting performance at BRIC House Sessions.
Brooklyn afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat and Juju veteran Leon Ligan-Majek, aka Kaleta. The singer, guitarist, and percussionist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria, where Afrobeat was born. Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country, and has been the lead-singer since 2017. Ubiquity Records released Kaleta & Super Yamba Band’s debut LP Mèdaho in September 2019.