Tamar Osborn




Canary Wharf Jazz Festival with The Fontanelles 16th August 2015

The Fontanelles will be bringing our particular brand of afrobeat-ethiofunk-dub to the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival on 16th August at 5pm.

FREE ENTRY but limited space – get there early, and see some other great music as well ūüôā

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival 2015The Fontanelles

Dele Sosimi new single “TMI” OUT NOW!



delesosimi TMI artwork


Dele Sosimi‘s much-anticipated new single “TMI (Too Much Information)” is available now on iTunes and cdbaby:


Come and join us at Afrobeat Vibration this Saturday to celebrate!

“Join us if you can, at the¬†New Empowering Church¬†this Saturday the 30th of March as we raise the bar higher yet again with another marathon session of keeping the Music, Spirit and Legacy of the King of Afrobeat:¬†Fela Anikulapo Kuti¬†alive in¬†London.
Practical Dancing shoes a must.”

Date: Saturday, 30th of March 2013
Time: 21:00
Venue: The New Empowering Church – London – UK
Address: 1a Westgate Street; Off Mare St, London Fields; London E8 3RL; United Kingdom
Phone: 07944286822
Price: £12 OTD ~ £10ADV
Concessions: £8 B4 22:00

Afrobeat Vibration Sessions 2013 series continue with another Massive Spring throwdown!!!

Experience the tightest on da ground Spiritual Live Afrobeat sessions episode in an authentic Afrika Shrine style, with the opportunity to get down once again as Dele promises to raise the Afrobeat Vibration experience level again! An authentic Kalakuta style marathon live Afrobeat set awaits you, featuring some of Londons finest musicians, members of Dele Sosimi’s Afrobeat Orchestra + Guests with¬†DJ Koichi¬†droping heavy weight Afrobeat, Afro Funk, and Tropical Rhythms on the decks.

Nearest station: London Fields
Bus: 26, 48, 55, 106, 236, 254, 388, D6, N26, N55, N253
Map: Google map

Text names to 07944286822 for £10 advance reservation guest list.
£10 advance tickets are also available online. Click Ticket or copy & paste following link in your browser:



11th October 2012
100 Wardour Street
London W1F 0TN

020 7314 4000

“if you enjoyed FELA! you’ll love this……………….”
Afrobeat , dub , Ethio Funk and more heavy horn laden grooves
A firing 10 peice band playing uplifting original music in the spirit of great African big bands………………
The Fontanelles, from 9:30pm – 12am,The Fontanelles, a new band made up of established musicians from the world of Jazz, African and Reggae music. Collectively the band have played with the likes of Johnny Clarke, Keziah Jones, Chartwell Dutiro, Aswad, Courtney Pine, Plan B and Dele Sosimi to name a few. The band’s sound can be described as big band afrobeat infused with elements of funk , reggae and jazz
‘a terrific 12 piece band who intensify the music’s seductively repetitive rhythms’
The Independent
‘the on stage band works up a storm as they pound through Fela Kuti’s hits to electrifying effect’
The Metro

Festival fun

2012 is shaping up to be a year of festivals, far and near…….

Tea plantation next to the hotel in Ooty

The season started early with a trip to India in April to perform with the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra at the first ever MAD Festival in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. Not quite as warm as it sounds РOoty is a hill station, and can get surprisingly chilly!

But we were warmly welcomed by the enthusiastic audience and had a great time (thanks also to the promoters, drivers and the staff at the hotel and the festival Рamazing food!!). Check out some footage here:

With Tony Allen @ Kaya Festival 2012, Wales

Then there came a (equally unexpectedly cold, but we should’ve known really) June festival weekend in the UK, again with¬†Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra¬†– the ¬†inaugural¬†Kaya Festival¬† on Saturday 2nd in Bangor, Wales, with inimitable afrobeat drum superstar¬†Tony Allen,¬†followed the next day by the lovely¬†Rollright Fayre¬†near the Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire. Thanks to the festival-goers for sticking out the cold and rain to dance with us into the wee small hours!

[Keep an eye on the gallery section at¬† Rhythm Passport¬†for fantastic photos from both these gigs, and while you’re there have a look around – there are some great pics from past gigs with Dele!]

And taking full advantage of the extra long bank holiday weekend, Monday 4th saw another afrobeat fuelled performance , this time with The Fontanelles at Bedroom Bar in London, as part of the first ever Rivington Street Festival. We had a great response from the crowd and hopefully have a few new converts to the ways and rhythms of ‘afrobeat-dub-ethiofunk’…..someone even asked us to play at their wedding!

But the festival fun doesn’t stop there:

Tomorrow (10th June) sees me with The Fontanelles at World City Music Village, a festival taking place across London 6-17 June. We’ll be performing in the gardens of the Horniman Museum (Forest Hill) at about 3pm, and it’s free entry…..Come for the whole day, there are some great bands on!

Then Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra will be at Africa Oy√© in Liverpool’s Sefton Park on 23rd June (again, free entry and lots of great music), followed by a trip to Soundwave Festival Croatia in July. All this on top of regular gigs and and a trip to Manchester as part of the We Face Forward series – it’s a busy year, in the best way!

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