BANTU

Bio

The sound of BANTU is the sound of Lagos. The city, at once a source of inspiration and some exasperation, is not easily classified. The band, eclectic and varied, has both activist and fun inclinations. Its listeners and fans, as seen at the Afropolitan Vibes concert, comprises various nationalities. As the band itself was birthed away from Nigeria and then consolidated on the motherland, this blend of nationalities and sound seems fitting. Though now a 13-man band, BANTU began as a group of four young men then living in Germany. Ade Bantu, Abiodun, Amaechi and Patrice. The name BANTU comes from the middle name of the late, great Steve Biko; it is also an acronym: Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity. In 1996, the band released its first song ‘No Vernacular (Humber Version)’. An album, Fufu, followed, two of its singles ‘Nzogbu’ and ‘Fire Inna Dancehall’ becoming hits in Nigeria, home country of three of the group’s members. BANTU released its second album, Bantu, in 2004. Now a 2-man band, BANTU embarked on a run of creativity, collaborating with several international artists in the process. The band founded the Afro-German super-group Brothers Keepers, which released two albums steeped in activism, addressing racism and xenophobia. Songs from the project featured high profile and award winning artists including Buju Banton, Xavier Naidoo, Estelle, Damian & Ziggy Marley. To produce the songs on Bantu, the band secured the services of musicians from Senegal and Jamaica including Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, guitarist for reggae great Peter Tosh. This element of collaboration informs the band’s ethos: where much of today’s music and art is centred on the individual, BANTU has fostered community, even among its fans. BANTU has worked with UB40 and Gentleman on the song ‘Rudie’. It has promoted and nurtured several acts including Ayo, Mariama and former band member Patrice. BANTU has worked in the frontlines of musical movements in two continents, Afropolitan Vibes in Nigeria and Brothers Keepers in Germany, all the while providing listeners with an eclectic fusion of Afrobeat, Highlife, Hiphop and Afrofunk genres. All of these artists are now associated with the band, so that when in the first few seconds of the new album, Agberos International, Ade Bantu declares “It’s time to connect to the BANTU vibe,” he is speaking to whoever is listening and to a vast number of BANTU collaborators around the world, all of whom have become part of the extended BANTU family. Some of the members of this family include Highlife legend Fatai Rolling Dollar, Juju Music maestro Ebenezer Obey, Fuji Music artist Adewale Ayuba, MOBO Award winning singer/songwriter Nneka, Afrobeat co-creator Tony Allen, and one of the most successful artists of all time Harry Belafonte who covered their song ‘Don’t Give Up’ for the 2012 biopic ‘Sing Your Song’. BANTU has collaborated with well over 40 national and international acts. Besides these artists, BANTU implicates you in its web of family. On the Afrobeat song from Agbero International, ‘Niger Delta Blues,’ there is as much...

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BANTU
LAGOS BARBIE
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KA MA DUPE
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NIGER DELTA BLUES feat. Tony Allen
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MA KO BA MI
04:11
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06 SE JEJE
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ONI T'EMI feat. Wana Wana
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STORI PLENTi
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ANYTHING FOR THE BOYS
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ILE (AFRICA)
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AFROPUNK
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Bantu-Oya Oya (Freedownload)
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Videos

BANTU "Oya Oya" (Live at Lido Berlin 2015)
BANTU - "OYA OYA" (Official Video)
BANTU making of Agberos International album
BANTU Limited Edition Deluxe CD
BANTU Street Concert in Ogba, Lagos
BANTU- I'm Waiting (Live at Odyssee 2018)
BANTU - Se Je Je (Live at Odyssee 2018)
BANTU - Ni Bo L'ade (Live at Odyssee 2018)
BANTU - Colomentality (Live at Odyssee 2018)
BANTU - Ká Máa Dúpẹ́ (Official Video)

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Gigs

NGLagos, Nigeria
In operation since: 
1996

Contact

Soledad Productions Ltd

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