Nigerian artist Inemo Samiama has been hailed as “the new prince of Afrobeat”. Mixing African melodies with contemporary sounds, he represents a new generation of African musicians.
This Saturday, 8 July 2006, Inemo and band will be performing on the African stage at the RISE: London United festival, the Mayor of London’s annual celebration of the capital’s cultural diversity, which will take place in Finsbury Park, North London (Inemo’s stage time 5.15pm – subject to change).
From his earliest years Inemo Samiama has been shaped and influenced by music. His father, a guitarist, taught him to play. At the age of 18 he formed a group called Jah Stix with a friend, the well-known Nigerian musician Majek Fashek.
Inemo travelled to Paris in the early Eighties, where he played with artists like soukous musician Ray Lema and Tony Allen, the former drummer of Fela Kuti. Inemo was then signed by Mercury/Universal for his debut album ‘Bushman’ which mixed African melodies with techno, hip-hop, jungle, dub and ambient sounds. His second album ‘Mr Bushman – Are You Remixed’ which includes remixes of the first album and some new tracks. Following the huge success of both albums on the continent, Inemo was nominated for an RFI (Radio France Internationale) Music Award as Best World Music Artist.
Inemo has now decided to return to his roots and is ready to take Afrobeat to a different level. After three years of composing, recording and travelling between London, Paris and Africa, Inemo is now based in London and back with a new album, ‘Afro Funky Beats’ which features Afrobeat as well as other powerful and funky West African rhythms and beats such as highlife. With ‘Afro Funky Beats’ Inemo demonstrates that his music can reinvent and enrich itself with new sounds, just as the late Fela Anikulakpo Kuti has done before him. Originated by Fela Kuti, Afrobeat has become an international phenomenon and has influenced a number of musicians’ repertoire, including artists such as Peter Gabriel, Bono, D’Angelo as well as many funk bands.
Inemo’s music also carries strong messages. He wishes to make a positive change in his environment and community through his music. A cry for justice in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. A wish to see Africa united. A message to all Africans that, despite our tribal, religious and cultural differences, we are all children of Africa. Fela said music is the weapon of the future. Inemo is one of the warriors wielding that weapon.
‘Afro Funky Beats’ is out now on Black Mango Music.