Sola Akingbola's Critical Mass

Sola Akingbola's Critical Mass

 London, England, GBR
BandWorldAdult Contemporary

Percussive Poetry in Motion. Grooves that jump,bop,make you wanna rock,then dig a little deeper to hit the G spot! A Yoruba led band trying to link the diasporic dots in a Rootsy yet Funky manner. Seeped in tradtion,yet always open to the world.

Biography

Sola Akingbola is the guy who puts the grooves within the groove of the internationally renowned group Jamiroquai. During the 1997 world tour,back stage at the MTV awards in New York,Sola was approached by an old Cuban drummer who asked him ' Where is the music of my Yoruba brothers in London'?
The seed was set. 4 world tours later, Sola was introduced to the finest traditional Yoruba drummers on the thriving underground fuji scene in London.
Sola says " I can always hear the FUNKINESS in those fuji drummers,it's time we tried to draw it out"!
Combining this rhythmic perspective with melodies inspired by the philosophical ideas drawn from the poems of IFA- A deep body of philosophical and cultural knowledge. We have a sound that praises the progressive spirit of all Yorubas, men and women young and old, rich and poor,visible and the hidden.
This music can also speak to all people interested in the concept of identity. Born in Nigeria,raised and educated in London, hearing Haruna Isola, King Sunny Ade, Ayinla Kollington on the system at home,with their blazing drummers, set a tone! Whilst at school, getting down 'hard' to the likes of Earth Wind & Fire,Miles Davis, The Ojays, Mandrill, James Brown,Bizet, Hugh Masakela, The Clash, Sham 69,Ian Dury & The Block Heads, Funkadelic, Parliament, LABoppers, Side Effect, Dazz Band, FatLarry's Band, Ozone, Pleasure, MFSOB, George Duke, Deep Purple, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy, Airto ,NWA,Giovanni Hidalgo, Cyprus Hill, Irakere, Lauren Hill, Joni Mitchell, Michael Franks, Salif Keita,Donny Hathaway, Miriam Makeba, Lokua Kanza, Towre of Power, Sonny Stit, Bach, Ali Farka Toure,Sarah Vaughn, Oumou Sangare, Raul Midon,shall I go on?
A heady mix of influences!!!

Lyrics

Ninu Opon Ori Tiwa

Written By: Haruna Isola

Ninu Opon Ori Tiwa ( Within the the tray [of divination] is where we will find our character as individuals and as a people
O pe maa tan mi E lo sinmi ( Do not try to deceive me I am at ease with the knowledge).

Let us never forget children of the Yorubas

Olukumi

Written By: Sola Akingbola

Olukumi - Chorus
Iya mi
Baba mi
Egbon mi

Mo fe ki gbogbo omo Oyo ni Matanzas
Mo fe ki gbogbo omo Alubata ni Matanzas

Omo Sango ni won x 2

Won so fun mi pe Ogun mi Baba

Olukumi - x 4 Chorus

Mo fe ki omo Oyo ni Bahia x2
Omo Iyemoja O x2

Aora si Santiero

Mo fe ki gbogbo omo Oyo ni Matanzas

.....................omo Oyo Bahia
.....................omo Ogun ni Puerto Rico
....................omo Sango ni Trinidad
Omo Sango ni won
Omo Ogun ni won
omo Iyemoja o o
omo Osun
omo Osoosi
omo Obatala
omo Orunmila
omo Oyo ni won
omo Yoruba won
omo Yoruba won

My friend
My Mother
My Father
My Big Brother

I would like to acknowledge all the people of Matanzas ( Cuba)
who are descendants from Oyo in Yorubaland.

I would like to acknowledge the Bata players in Matanzas
they are descendants of Sango x2

They told me that Ogun ( the god of iron is their father

Chorus- x 4

I would like to acknowledge the descendants of Oyo in Bahia (Brazil) x2

They are the descendants of Iyemoja 9 the Yoruba goddess of the oceans) x2

Here are the saints.

I would like to acknowledge the descendants of Oyo in Matanzas

.............descendants of Oyo in Bahia

...............................of Ogun in
Puerto Rico
............................of Sango in Trinidad

They are the children of Sango
................................of Ogun
...............................of Iyemoja
...............................of Osun
...............................of Osoosi
..............................of Obatala
.............................of Orunmila
.............................of Oyo
............................of the Yorubas x 2

Ifanla

Written By: Professor Wande Abimbola

Ifanla Nla La Laa Fi gba fanlan laa

Oogun un nlan nlan laa laa fii gboogun
lanla x2

Ifa presents one great poem for another great poem,

A potent medicine for an even more potent medicine

Discography

Debut Solo album with ARC Music Int - ' ROUTES TO ROOTS

Set List

12- 16 songs:
OLUKUMI
IFANLA
NINU OPON ORI TIWA
SEEGEESI OLOOYA
KULUMBU YEYE
BOYA IRO NI
ENIA LASOO MI
G SPOT
TURNING RED
WHERE DID THE LOVE GO
NI BO NI BABEE
CHANO POZO
I SEE YOU
THEN PAUSE
MURITALA MUHUMMADU