BANTU

Bio

The 13-piece band BANTU, remains more than two decades after its founding, without exception, one of the premier live outfits and conceptual recording artists in Africa, Europe and indeed globally. Driven by a strong desire for social justice BANTU’s music as well as lyrics have from the start addressed issues around corruption, injustice, migration, xenophobia and urban alienation – whether in Germany and Europe, or Nigeria and Africa. Asides from recording and composing music BANTU have been credited with the recent revival of the live music scene in Nigeria through Afropolitan Vibes a monthly concert series & music festival that they have been hosting for over most of the last decade in Lagos. The show has featured over 190 top Nigerian and international acts and was voted as “one of the world's best music events of the moment" by The Village Voice. Unlike most bands of old and today, which are clearly centred on the star vocalist, BANTU is distinguished by its unmistakably collective, collaborative nature. When you have a band this strong, this tight where everyone gets to shine, magic happens. And with their new album, What is Your Breaking Point?, the third in a genre- and era-defining trilogy of releases including 2017’s Agberos International and 2020’s Everybody Get Agenda, the band’s new album pushes the boundaries of funkiness and political prowess even further than its predecessors. Formed as an acronym of Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity (BANTU) by brothers Ade Bantu and Abiodun in Germany in 1996 the group has created a unique and immediately recognizable fusion of Afrobeat, Afrofunk & Yoruba music. From its first release, “No Vernacular” in 1996 to the present, BANTU has scored a series of hits across Europe and Africa garnering itself major awards. Indeed, the list of artists who've collaborated with BANTU is a testament to the power, originality and talent of the band: an international cornucopia including UB40, Tony Allen, Patrice, Brothers Keepers (which they created), Xavier Naidoo, Akua Naru, Gentleman, Seun Kuti and Burna Boy just to name a few. These collaborations helped the band earn several major Continental awards, including the Kora Awards (the Pan African equivalent of the Grammys) for “Best Group West Africa” and “Best Group Africa” while securing others nominations such as the Channel O Music Video Awards and The Headies. Their album Everybody Get Agenda further cemented BANTU’s status with its top-5 placement in the European World Music charts for 2020. Since then, and despite the global Covid pandemic, BANTU managed to record and perform with famed Ghanaian alt-hip hop duo Fokin Bois, German rapper Megaloh, and the celebrated German Afrobeat and Funk-Jazz outfit Muito Kaballa. BANTU will be touring Europe this summer and promoting their new album What Is Your Breaking Point? Which is scheduled for release in June 2023.

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Brief translation of a Yoruba talking drum phrase.
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BANTU - Germany Tour 2023 - Recap
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Afropoiltan Vibes Festival Cologne 2023 feat. BANTU
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BANTU - Your Silence

Music

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WAYO AND DIVISION
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DISRUPT THE PROGRAMME - (CLOCKS ARE TICKING REMIX )
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Disrupt The Programme(Format 01 Remix)
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Cash And Carry(Remix) feat. Megaloh
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Animal Carnival (Razoof Remix)
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ANIMAL CARNIVAL (Fokn Bois REMIX)
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Disrupt The Programme
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Animal Carnival
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Big Lie
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Cash and Carry
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Disrupt The Programme
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Jagun Jagun
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Killers and Looters
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Man know Man
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Me Myself and I
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Water Cemetery
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Yeye Theory feat. Seun Kuti
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06 SE JEJE
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NIGER DELTA BLUES feat. Tony Allen
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LAGOS BARBIE
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Bantu-Oya Oya (Freedownload)
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Videos

Brief translation of a Yoruba talking drum phrase.
BANTU - Germany Tour 2023 - Recap
Afropoiltan Vibes Festival Cologne 2023 feat. BANTU
BANTU - Your Silence
BANTU feat. Akua Naru - Na Me Own My Body (Lyrics Video)
BANTU - Wayo And Division
BANTU - Disrupt The Programme (Live)
BANTU feat. Seun Kuti - Yeye Theory (Live)
BANTU x Ancient Astronauts - Disrupt The Programme (Clocks Are Ticking Remix)
BANTU - Cash And Carry (Live 2021)
BANTU - Animal Carnival (Live 2021)
BANTU feat. Megaloh | Cash And Carry Remix (Official Audio)
The Making of BANTU Album "Everybody Get Agenda" (2020)
BANTU - Cash And Carry (Official Video)
BANTU | Killers And Looters (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda (2020)
BANTU | Cash and Carry (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda
BANTU feat. Seun Kuti | Yeye Theory (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda
BANTU | Big Lie (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda
BANTU | Jagun Jagun (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda
BANTU | Disrupt the Programme (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda
BANTU | Man know Man (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda
BANTU - Everybody Get Agenda (Album Teaser)
BANTU | Animal Carnival (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda (2020)
BANTU | Water Cemetery (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda
BANTU | Me Myself And I (Official Audio) | Everybody Get Agenda
BANTU - Animal Carnival Remix feat. Fokn Bois (Official Lyrics Video)
BANTU - Animal Carnival (Official Video)
BANTU - Ni Bo L'ade (Live at Odyssee 2018)
BANTU - Colomentality (Live at Odyssee 2018)
BANTU making of Agberos International album
BANTU "Oya Oya" (Live at Lido Berlin 2015)
Ambassadors of Freedom of Expression | Right To Live
BANTU - "OYA OYA" (Official Video)
Bantu feat. Nneka "I'm Waiting"
Bantu feat. African China "Show Them Love"
Bantu - Where Di Water, Where Di Lighter (Official Video)
UB40 feat. Gentleman, Bantu & Don Abi- "Rudie"
Brothers Keepers - Will we ever know
Bantu - No More No Vernacular
No More No Vernacular
BANTU - Lagos Jump

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Breminale
DEBremen, Germany
NGLagos, Nigeria
In operation since: 
1996

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