Jake Sollo

Nkem Okonkwo
Website: http://combandrazor.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/jake-sollo-is-awesome-part-2-ken-eme1st.html
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Jake Sollo (Nkem Okonkwo) started his career in the 1960s with The Hykkers, a "beat" group formed at the University of N

Jake Sollo was one of the most prolific innovative musicians from Nigeria in the 70s and 80s. His talents as a rhythm guitar player saw him through much of his career where he played with several Nigerian bands of varying styles. After a stint in the beat group the Hykkers (which he formed whilst studying at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka) then went on to wider recognition as a member of the Funkees. Sollo then went on to play with famed Afro-rock group Osibisa. His stint working alongside group leader Teddy Osei. The Funkees had become very popular, not just in Nigeria where a rough demo of the track Akula Owu Onyeara was on constant rotation at the East-Central State Broadcasting Service, but the track was went on to be picked up by the BBC DJ John Peel. After successes in bands, Sollo went solo and found a steady stream of work in London as a session musician and a producer. He returned to Nigeria in 1981 where he produced bouncy, high gloss boogie which was incredibly in demand. He had a distinctive playing and producing style and was incredibly popular. He utilized synthesizers which were uncommon in Nigeria at the time The 1979 Jake Sollo self titled album was produced for Pye / Disques Esperance in London. Touches of pop, plenty of African groove, moments of psychedelica... all bound together with Jakes distinctive guitar playing and sleek production. These are sounds that are reminiscent of African music lovers contemporary of Sollo such as David Byrne and Talking Heads, and Paul Simon in Graceland, but with a glittering grooviness that is all Jake Sollo. Sadly Jakes career was cut short when he tragically died in a car accident in 1985. Depriving the world of no doubt what would have been decades of more innovative and creative music.

Releases: ASVN001: Various Artists : Africa Airways 01 (Funk Connection 1973-1980)
ASVN003: Jake Sollo : Jake Sollo
ASVN017: Jake Sollo : Hot N' Spicy EP
ASVN040: Various Artists : Africa Airways Four (Disco Funk Touchdown - 1976 - 1983)
ASVN039: Jake Sollo : Coming Home
ASVN054: Jake Sollo : Boogie Legs
Tracks: Jake Sollo : Father Time, Mother Nature
Jake Sollo : Father Time, Mother Nature
Jake Sollo : Say No More
Jake Sollo : Weebo-Me Weebo
Jake Sollo : Pas Du Tout
Jake Sollo : Five o Five
Jake Sollo : African Gypsy
Jake Sollo : Show Me How
Jake Sollo : Greetings
Jake Sollo : Hot N Spicy
Jake Sollo : Jaqueline
Jake Sollo : 404
Jake Sollo : I Am Somebody...I Know !
Jake Sollo : Raise Your Hands
Jake Sollo : I Just Wanna Dance
Jake Sollo : Coming Home
Jake Sollo : Where Is Love
Jake Sollo : Deiyo Deiyo
Jake Sollo : Boogie Legs
Jake Sollo : Tinini Yanana
Jake Sollo : Everyday
Jake Sollo : My Best Friend's Girl
Jake Sollo : Shake Your Ya-Ya
Jake Sollo : My Shining Star
Jake Sollo : Tinini Yanana
Jake Sollo : Shockproof
Jake Sollo : Boats Without A Hope