Gritty south London Afrobeat, Hi-Life, Broken Beat and funk.
"If there is one band I never get tired of partying with
and always happy to book it is Yaaba Funk.
Super tight funky highlife, authentic and always on the up.
The London live scene is all the richer for these guys."
Russ Jones, Hackney Globetrotter/Future World Funk.
The band was born in Brixton in 2006.
The core members of Yaaba Funk met on the south London African scene
in the late 1990s when, as well as studying African music, many wild nights were spent
jamming together at house parties - drumming, dancing and djing til dawn.
The name Yaaba Funk comes from an album called Yaba Funk Roots,
the only album ever released outside of Africa by Captain Yaba, a musician
from northern Ghana and exponent of the 2-string ‘guitar’ called the koliko.
The band has gigged extensively around London and the UK,
building up a loyal fan base with their exuberant live shows
and have also performed in Europe and Africa.
Their debut album “AFROBEAST” was released in May 2010 by Sterns Records.
Remixes by DJD and Richard Olatunde were also released
in 2010 by Here and Now Recordings.
Their industry supporters include Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt (The Shrine),
DJ Ritu (BBC Radio London), Russ Jones (Future World Funk)
and Miles Cleret (Soundway) among others.
Band members Chief Commander Yaaba, Mr Brett and
the Outlaw Clive Wales also DJ at Afro inspired nights around London - spinning
Afrobeat, Mbalax, Cuban rumba, Brazilian grooves, broken beat,
70s Nigerian funk, reggae and of course Hi-Life.
Yaaba Funk also contains experienced workshop leaders who use music
to engage people of all ages and descriptions.