Blog September 29, 2015
Orlando Julius Live at Le Poisson Rouge
Friday, Sept. 25 was a jubilant evening at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Nigeria's Afrobeat legend Orlando Julius, AKA O.J. Ekemode, was in town and he came with his band, the Afro Soundz, in tow. They hadn't played together in 17 years, and the raucous New York crowd was set for a taste of their reunion. After a fiery opening set by the Brooklyn Afrobeat collective Underground System, the crowd didn't have to wait long for O.J. to take the stage. He regaled the audience with tales of writing tunes for people like James Brown and Hugh Masekela. One funny story was of the time James Brown told him he was "bad." Confused, he initially didn't understand that it was a compliment, until Brown further quipped "You're super bad!" The show was marvelous. Orlando and the band didn't miss a step. With the way he was dancing and doing high kicks, you wouldn't even think that O.J. is a septuagenarian. To say he was energetic would be an understatement. We hope he tours the U.S. again. Many thanks to World Music Institute and Le Poisson Rouge for accommodating Afropop. It was definitely a night to remember. If you missed the show, well then, dig the photos from the show below and stay tuned for a backstage interview with Orlando by Morgan Greenstreet coming soon. All photos by Atane Ofiaja. _DSC2627 _DSC2641 _DSC2777 _DSC2782 _DSC2797 _DSC2816 _DSC2832 _DSC2835 _DSC2863 _DSC2867 _DSC2876 _DSC2884 _DSC2904 _DSC2957 _DSC2969 _DSC2980 _DSC3128 _DSC3020 _DSC3030_DSC3117_DSC3151 _DSC3153 _DSC3182

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