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Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics | Aquaserge

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics | © Promo

Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics | © Promo

Between West Africa and West Coast: The saxophonist Orlando Julius, born in 1943 in Ikole-Ekitit, Nigeria, is one of the biggest names in West African funk and Afrobeat. He has played with Nigerian superstars like Joni Haastrup or written songs for Lamont Dozier. His song Ijo Soul is supposed to have inspired James Brown’s I Feel Good; and the album that it is taken from, Super Afro Soul, became the soundtrack for Nigeria’s independence from Great Britain. At HKW Orlando Julius appears today with the London jazz funk supergroup The Heliocentrics.

Aquaserge | © Jim Goossens Bara

Aquaserge | © Jim Goossens Bara

Aquaserge

When you almost burst from ideas: The five members of Aquaserge from Toulouse play a polymorphous music that feeds on a wild mix of genres: from Krautrock to Afrobeat, from free jazz to ‘60s film soundtracks, with a proximity to avant-pop British underground favorites ranging from Soft Machine to Stereolab. As anarchic as it is sophisticated. Added to all of this is Aquaserge’s poetic-political subtexts, with encrypted word play or automatically written lyrics. Cosmic, kaleidoscopic, uncategorizable.