Boddhi Satva

Bio

When it comes to dance music, few producers can claim the same authority that Boddhi Satva has. Known affectionately as the founding father of 'Ancestral Soul', Boddhi’s music has spirituality as the central hallmark and uses the thread of soul music to weave a seamless tapestry of African music styles, set to the pace of house music changing entirely the way the genre is perceived and experienced.

An alumnus of Osunlade’s Yoruba Records, Boddhi is the label owner of Offering Recordings. He joined house music’s elite after being hand picked by Grammy award-winning producer Louie Vega in 2008 for in-house duties within the Vega stable as a producer and resident tour DJ. This uniquely extensive repertoire is what affords Boddhi Satva the sort of wide global reach he enjoys today. As a DJ he has held residencies in places like Doha in the Middle East. His production capability drew the attention of the Kenyan directors of Coke Studio Africa, a music reality TV series that pits together veteran and new-school artists of African descent.

With his critically acclaimed 'Ancestral Interpretations' mixtape series, the CAR-born DJ/producer reworks a selection of commercially and critically acclaimed R&B and hip-hop songs, adding his distinct seal to create fresh mash-up treatments for everyone from Drake to Beyonce and Rihanna.

Boddhi Satva’s debut studio album 'Invocation' was released on 2011/2012 on Vega Records/BBE Music. It was championed the world over by tastemakers including Gilles Peterson and showcased the names of musical luminaries such as Oumou Sangare, C. Robert Walker and Vikter Duplaix.

His next album 'Transition' features a range of outstanding artists including Karun (Kenya), Davido (Nigeria) and DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), among many others. The album mines deeper into the diaspora of African soul. Production on 'Transition' began late in 2012 as the Central African Republic-born DJ/producer returned for the first time in 12 years to his native country where his father resided. "My father used to play a lot of Jazz, Soul, Disco and off course African Rhumba," recalls Boddhi of his musical upbringing. “I was exposed to so many musical cultures from both my parents. Outside of the house I listened to Soukouss, Ndombolo, Hip-Hop and R&B. “My father’s love for good music led me to develop a special sensitivity, an ear to different cultures and sounds around the world.” Within months of that visit, Boddhi lost his father to sudden illness. 'Transition' was created in his honour and released in September 2015.

Profile added by Music In Africa Foundation on 01 Sep 2015
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