You No Fit Touch Am represents where Dele is today – something of an untouchable force in the music scene that he has always been such a vital part of. The title is an uncompromising message that this man means business, and with his mammoth afrobeat orchestra on board that is definitely the case. Recorded at the Fish Market Studios in North-West London by Benedic Lamdin (AKA Nostalgia 77) the album provides a musical representation of Dele’s strong socio-political opinions, as well as delivering classic song-writing that could have come straight out of 1970s Lagos!
Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. Having been chosen by Fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing Fela’s Glastonbury stage in 1984, and became Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force.
After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele went on to concentrate on his own solo career and, with diligent patience, carved out his own afrobeat crown. In London, where he now resides, his Afrobeat Vibration all-nighters are charged with his passion, labours and his unrelenting spirit.
Following on from his first two studio albums, Turbulent Times and Identity, this third long-player is sure to cement Dele Sosimi’s position as a major player within afrobeat and beyond!
“Absolutely fantastic new music, first new record in a decade and worth waiting for. Love that!”” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music (UK)
“Polished but pulsing with anger, this captures all the verve and spark of the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra. Heavy, heavy, heavy.” Jane Cornwell, Songlines Magazine.
“Blistering Afro-funk from a true legend” Clash
“An Afrobeat master class” Buzz (UK)
“Music Ambassador Royalty, Dele Sosimi sounds incredibly amazing! True fashion to Afrobeat” Alexander Nut, Rinse FM (UK)
“Compositions that are steeped in socio-political messages and showcase classic 1970s Lagos songwriting” Okay Africa