Led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar, this ensemble draws from the NYC Afrobeat community to bring the music of Fela Kuti to life in a small group format, doing justice to the compositional, melodic and structural tenets of Afrobeat music, as well as the all important funk. Members of the collective perform regularly in leading groups such as Antibalas, Chop & Quench, Underground System, Akoya Afrobeat and Super Yamba Band. Living Language is dancefloor friendly and exciting while still being exploratory and elegant, seeking to keep the language and vibe of Afrobeat alive and to encourage deep reading of the source material as new generations discover the music of Fela.
“Lead singer Amayo channels Fela Kuti.” - PRI’s The World
“A raucous, joyous celebration of Afrobeat.” - Rolling Stone Magazine