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Najite & Olokun Prophecy
United States
Influences: African , North American
Genres: afrobeat, funk, jazz, traditional, world, dance, r and b, big band, latin, folk
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June 2022 #31 - Top 40 for African Influence Najite & Olokun Prophecy feat. Tony Allen (video)
June 2021 #30 - Top 40 for African Influence N&OP Live with music legend and afrobeat co-founder Tony Allen (video)
Afrobeat L\'Ayeraye Album Release N&OP's new album Afrobeat L'Ayeraye is now available for download at their wesite OR at Afrobeat L'Ayeraye is the latest release from LA based afrobeat ensemble Najite & Olokun Prophecy. The album represents a cross generational culmination of artistic talent, all of whom were inspired to continue the legacy of the great Fela Anikulakpo Kuti. With songs written by band-leader Najite Agindotan and his sons Metebrafor and Onome Agindotan, this latest work is another great elevation of African music that communicates the empowerment of cultural identity and sends a message peace and unity. more
About: Najite & Olokun Prophecy @ RAJ Festival 2013
About: Najite Agindotan
About: N&OP afrobeat dancers
About: N&OP at Malcom X Festival 2010
About: Fela Kuti Day 2018
For over 3 decades, NAJITE & OLOKUN PROPHECY ["N.O.P."] has kept authentic afrobeat and African jazz alive from its home base in Los Angeles.Led by Nigerian master percussionist Najite Agindotan, this roaring ensemble embraces the restless genius of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the harmonic innovation of Horace Tapscott and the rhythmic soul of the African Diaspora.Band leader Najite Agindotan was born in Lagos, Nigeria. In his youth he became aprotege of Fela Kuti. Aside from learning and mastering the arts of traditional West African drum and dance, Najite spent much of his time in Fela's Kalakuta compound. He performed as aguest artist and was eventually taken as a godson by the lateactivist and afrobeat originator.After traveling to the US and playing percussion forsuch jazz legends as Horace Tapscott and Billy Higgins, Najite formed his owngroup in 1983, and has since helped to keepthe pulse of African music beating strongly here on the west coast.Many of Southern California's best instrumentalists have lent their talent to N.O.P. over the years--Phil Ranelin, Nate Morgan, Bobby Bryant, Jerri Jheto, Kpakpo Addo--and the current band represents a cross-generational accumulation of their spirit and wisdom.From saxophonist Jim Thompson (a long time band member for the late, great Bobby Womack) to bass player and musical director Metebrafor Agindotan (Najite's eminently talented son), the members of N.O.P. have shared a belief in music's ability to unify all people.