Based in Washington DC, Elikeh has a core group of musicians. Massama covers lead vocals and guitar, and his accompanists play guitar, bass, drums, two saxes, trumpet and percussion. On first impression, you might be tempted to label the sound afrobeat – the genre formulated by Fela Anikulapo Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. That would be a mistake.
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The Ripple Effect
If you are a fan of afropop of any kind, King Sunny to Fela to Toure Kunde, you will find lots to love here. If you’ve never explored afropop before, but wanted a recommendation on a new album to go with the classics of the genre, look no farther. Adje! Adje! has arrived.
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All you need to know is that their recently released second album, titled Adje! Adje!, is the epitome of Afropop with politically-driven lyrics, blaring horns, super funky guitars, and a rhythm section that will have you starting a dance party while you ride the subway to work.
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By Justin Kavanagh
The Washington, D.C.-based band Elikeh crackles with the global musical vision and defiant spirit of Togolese singer, songwriter and bandleader Massama Dogo. As Justin Kavanagh writes, Elikeh’s new album, Adje! Adje!, explores global political issues and the personal odysseys of Africans abroad.
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Elikeh — From Togo to D.C.
A band of D.C.-area musicians present us with a modern form of groovy, jazzy, and dance-friendly rhythms…Elikeh taps into the same historical energy of Afro-beat bands of long ago. Yet, Elikeh is new, refreshing, and distinct. Adje! Adje! is a great release for African music fans.
Inside World Music
Mixing Afro-beat influences with rock, funk, and traditional Togolese polyrhythms, Elikeh churns out tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable.
On Tap Magazine
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> On NPR’s “Fresh Air”: listen / read<
(“Beyond Fela Kuti, The Enduring Appeal Of Afrobeat”)
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> On Public Radio International’s “The World” <
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