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Ijinle Ilu

by Afrika Heartbeat

Driving, compelling traditional African music
Genre: World: World Traditions
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3. Awodi (Black-Kite)
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4. Kwame
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5. Alaye
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6. Oya
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7. Ogun
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8. Ko Ayw So
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10. Yembela
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Album Notes

Sikiru Adepoju and Val Serrant, California-based artists of incomparable excellence, have just released their debut CD titled Ijinle Ilu (Original Drumming). The CD is primarily a mix of authentic Afrikan drums and percussion with those of Latin America, and the Caribbean. The result of fusing these cultural backgrounds can only be felt by the listeners to Ijinle Ilu, for as sages say:-" the proof is in the pudding".

Although Sikiru and Val jointly produced Ijinle Ilu, several other top-rated artists collaborated in making the enterprise a success. The focus, according to the producers, is to offer the listening public something special - something they can dance to, and derive pleasure from. Something they can use for meditation purposes-while experiencing rich, educational, centuries-old contemporized traditions: story-telling and communicating through the Drum, and the preserving and passing on to New Generations refreshing, Ancestral wisdom and knowledge.

Below is a Who's Who in Afrika Heartbeat:

Sikiru Adepoju has had an expansive musical career. He's recorded several albums with Chief Ebenezer Obey and The Inter-Reformers Band, and with O.J. Ekemode and The Nigerian All Stars.
Sikiru is a Grammy Award winning member of Mickey Hart's Planet Drum; he also was a key member of Babatunde Olatunji's Drums of Passion. He has entertained audiences in throughout the world, including Europe, America, Africa and Asia. Sikiru also conducts drumming workshops around the world.

Val Serrant , who plays the Steelpan (Steeldrum), is a talented musician who has entertained audiences and taught 'from Drum to steel Drum' to students around the world - America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean. Coolness and calmness characterize Val's approach to life and music. He is External Relations Officer of 'Parry's Pan School'-Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago.

Giovanni Hidalgo is today regarded internationally as the hottest star in Latin percussion circles. Giovanni descended from a family of drummers, having picked up his first set of bongos when he was three years old. Today, Giovanni is in demand in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He is a Grammy Award-winning member of Mickey Hart's Planet Drum.

Saminu Adepoju is Sikiru Adepoju's baby brother, and has, like his brother, become a successful drummer and entertainer. Saminu has traveled practically all over the world as a member of Chief Ebenezer Obey and The Inter-Reformer's Band. Saminu currently lives in London where he plies his art.

Bola Abimbola, a Nigerian-born United States resident, is a talented songwriter, singer, and producer. He has written quite a number of songs for many musicians, including the legendary King Sunny Ade, the reigning Juju artist. In 1998, Bola won the Nigerian award for Best Video. His current focus is Fuji-Pop music, which he intends to pursue with characteristic energy and creativity.



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These Folks Are Awsome
I Saw these guys live in 2005, it was a positive life changeing experience, This group is the best absolutly the best!


transported me deep into the collective soul
The weaving of drums and vocal harmonies reached into my feet and heart and whole being. In a time of being bombarded with harsh world news, this celebrates what's good and whole and beautiful, something that you want to be a part of.

Dan E.

Good to drum along with, dance or relax.
This is an interesting CD as you don't typically hear steel drums played along with African talking drums as on a few of the tracks. I enjoyed the rhythms and singing and found this a nice CD to jam with or just to relax to. Sikiru is an excellent drummer as are the other artists on this CD.


Awesome! Hypnotic driving rthyms that set your Soul on fire!
I find Ijinle Ilu to be one of the most compelling and rhythmically driving recordings to come out of World Music these days. The mix of traditional Nigerian rhythms with the Steel Pan of Trinidad and the sensibilities of the artists involved creates an incredibly bueatiful, multi-layered, and highly textured sound that brings me pure joy each time I put it on.
I strongly suggest this CD if you're a fan of highly syncopated rhythmic music. If you enjoy the recordings of Babatunde Olantunji, Mickey Hart, and the sound of African Drums then this CD is for you!

howard luckman

excellent !


Very compelling. The rhythms whisper to your ear, like a rain stick.


Beautiful - more people need to know the YORUBA talking drum!
Beautiful - more people need to know the YORUBA talking drum, anyone who hears it will be hooked, this is a wonderful stew of styles,but not over-cooked it still sounds fresh!


Every time I play this CD I want to dance around the house uncontrolably. Ilu's music is captivating. The title of this CD is befitting!