Adé Bantu


Adé Bantu (born Adegoke Odukoya on 14 July 1971 in Wembley, London) is a Nigerian-German musician, producer, bandleader and social activist who serves on the board of the Music In Africa Foundation.

He is the frontman of the 13-piece band BANTU and the creator of monthly concert series and music festival Afropolitan Vibes held in Lagos, Nigeria. Adé Bantu is also the founder of the Afro-German music collective Brothers Keepers. His band BANTU received the Kora Award – the pan-African equivalent of the Grammy – for the album ‘Fuji Satisfaction’ in 2005.

Adé Bantu is politically active in Nigeria and Germany. He was the founder of the now defunct Brothers Keepers eV, a German NGO affiliated with the Brothers Keepers music project, which visited schools, lobbied for changes in asylum and anti-discrimination laws, and helped victims of racially motivated attacks.

He was involved in the anti-Shell campaign in Germany and co-initiated the Ken Saro Wiwa week in 1997. He is an activist, lecturer and public speaker who addresses racism against people of colour, Afro-Germans and Africans in Germany as well as social issues in Nigeria. While in Germany, he helped shape the emerging hip hop movement in the early 1990s with his bands Exponential Enjoyment and Weep Not Child.

Besides music, Adé Bantu has produced documentaries and short films. He has also appeared on screen and was featured in Harry Belafonte's documentary film 'Sing Your Song'. Between 2012 and 2015, he was part of the panel of judges on TV series Project Fame West Africa.

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