Kayode Kuti

OneBeat 2012 Fellow

Bassist

Lagos, Nigeria

Picking up the bass at thirteen, self-taught Michael Kayode Kuti quickly took to the swaggering hypnotic rhythms of Yoruban juju and highlife music. Though he had originally intended on following the path of serene gospel music, the budding ace was unexpectedly offered the chance of a lifetime when he was asked to join the legendary Egypt 80 band, formed by Nigerian afrobeat star Fela Kuti. Kayode spent three years touring the world with the rock band, under the care of Seun Kuti, and earned the experience to match his innate gifts. Distinguished for his impregnable rhythms, Michael decided to strike out on his own in pursuing his own musical directions. Kayode has had the opportunity to play with musicians across the world, perform extensively across Europe, and collaborate in genres as varied as West African-Spanish fusion, Cuban hip hop, and Maghrebi Jazz. His own band, The Blacknotes, recently released their debut album.