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Michael Olatuja: Lagos Pepper Soup

October 16 @ 8:00 pm

Internationally acclaimed bassist Michael Olatuja will perform his blend of Afrobeat at Mass MoCA.
Michael Olatuja

London-born, Lagos, Nigeria-raised, New York-based composer, bandleader, and bassist Michael Olatuja will perform with a blend of sounds he describes as a “cinematic Afrobeat.”

One of the most inventive and in-demand bassists on the scene today, Olatuja has worked and recorded with the likes of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, and Mass MoCA friend ​​Angelique Kidjo, among others. He comes to Mass MoCA with a full band, for a high-energy evening of hard-hitting Afrobeat, jazz, and funk.

He has recently released Lagos Pepper Soup: his blend of West African Afrobeats and jazz, backed by a string orchestra, arranged by iconic film music arranger Dave Metzger, the top orchestrator for Disney, with an International All-Star cast including Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, Brandee Younger, Lionel Loueke, Regina Carter, Joe Lovano, Laura Mvula, Gregoire Maret and Becca Stevens.

The full Lagos Pepper Soup band includes Michael Olatuja (bass/composer), Stephanie Alvarenga (voice), Melonie Daniels Walker (voice), Etienne Stadwijk (piano), and Jonathan Barber (drums).

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October 16
8:00 pm
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Mass MoCA
1040 Mass MoCA Way
North Adams, MA

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