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Bukky Leo & Black Egypt present the Funk of Nigeria album launch

Bukky Leo presents The Funk of Nigeria including music from Fela Kuti, Hugh Masakela, Will Onyearbor and Tony Allen plus music from his latest album Obedun (Sweet Soup), honouring some of the legendary afrobeat figures who have influenced his sound.

In 1982, Bukky's path led him to London, where he became one of the forerunners of the acid jazz scene.  A young A&R man called Gilles Peterson signed him to the newly formed Acid Jazz label.  His first release 'Rejoice in Righteousness' went straight to number one in the rhythm and blues, dance and jazz charts. The follow up album 'River Nile' led him to being nominated for the US African Music Awards in New York where he became aquainted with the legendary late tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson who invited Bukky to his home in San Francisco.

Since the acid jazz days, he has remained loyal to his goal of making ground breaking afro-centric grooves. This led to the creation of the Source. The band toured extensively and recorded a self-titled album, featured on the Club Africa 2 compilation on Strut records. In the mid 90s, he embarked on the definitive pilgrimage to Egypt where he laid down the intellectual and musical foundations for the formation of Black Egypt.