SOLA AKINGBOLA

SOLA AKINGBOLA

percussion, composer
and actor


Between performing all over the world during the last 15 years, Sola has made time to produce his first solo album called Routes to Roots, (Nov 2007 ARC Music)- which focussed on the profound influences of the philosophy and poetry of the Yoruba (one of the three major tribes in Nigeria, based mainly in South East.) This influence can be traced throughout the diaspora today, with its constantly changing representations particularly within music, theatre and language. Sola has formed his own band (Critical Mass) which explores further the influence of the Yoruba language and music in the diaspora, particularly the effect of religious ideas carried over from colonial times to the present. How these ideas are changing the inner and outer landscape of the Yoruba and those influenced by Yoruba ideas. The growing church presence in London that’s being driven by Yoruba of Christian and Islamic backgrounds (Yoruba is the most widely spoken language in the borough of Southwark, London) The band, produced by Sola, are in the process of completing an album for release by the end of this year. Sola has recently finished performing, co-arranging music and acting in the Young Vic production called Feast, directed by Rufus Norris, which received rave reviews, between Jan –March 2013. Patricia’s and Sola’s first collaboration proposed a journey to describe the transformation of meaning throughout time of the expressive practices around Tango. Through the most powerful and essential element, its rhythm, originally African. Sola was looking for tracing through improvisation, possibilities to evoke its original ritual meaning transformed later by multiple urban encounters and its influences. After all, the Yoruba diaspora gave Latin Americans their most loved rhythms as a gift and sign of possibilities and hope to live together, a celebratory existence as the disasporic journey continues endlessly around the world.