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by Dotun Bankole

Experimental music derived from the music of the Awori tribe of Badagry in Nigeria, West Africa.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mobólájí (Live)
6:12 $0.99
2. Mánámáná Aso Baba (Live)
3:52 $0.99
3. Lànà (Live)
9:59 $0.99
4. Ore Fún Jésù (Live)
6:45 $0.99
5. Esẹ́ F' Ówu Lẹ̀se (Live)
5:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dotun Bankole and the Source of his Music

Badagry is a town which is predominantly inhabited by the Aworis and the Eguns in the 18th century. It is known to be a town which received the first missionary who brought christianity to Nigeria on the 11th day of September, 1842. Before and after the arrival of the missionaries, the town was known for different worship practise such as Egungun, Gelede, oro to mention but a few and each of their worship practices has a variety of music culture. These music include kori, Agasa, Agbe dance, each cultural dance and what is referred to as deity worship have their own peculiar music and dance but with the same Awori language. Each of the music is with varieties of rhythm which is peculiar to the Aworis alone.

Awori language
Nigeria is known to have more than 500 languages and each is expected to have a particular music and form. Most of these languages are still in existence but most of them are gradually loosing their value to the European’s singular language. Yoruba is one of the 500 multi-language of Nigeria but surprisingly there are variations of each of the 500 languages. Awori language is one out of the known 15 dialetic variations of Yoruba language which is in turn one of the more than 500 languages on record.

Dotun Bankole Music Profile

Dotun Bankole who hails from Yewa/Ilaro, Ogun state, born in Lagos, South West Nigeria, is the emerging definition of new generation African Jazz Saxophonist. He started doing music as a trumpeter at the age of 19. He only switched to saxophone rather incidentally at the age of 24 after his trumpet was stolen. He had access to a tenor sax at the time and he would practise for 12 hours daily for around seven (7) months. He went on to study music at the famous Peter Kings Music College in Badagry, Lagos with the likes of Asa.
Upon completion he studied music at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria. Dotun Bankole, who initially started out loving and playing highlife music soon fell in love with and discovered his passion for Jazz particularly fascinated by the unique sound of jazz musicians as Miles Davis, John Cotrane, Charlie Parker, and Sonny Rollins.
Dotun Bankole’s unique saxophone sound can be heard on numerous artistes tracks, albums and performances which include but not limited to his performances with the famous peter Kings, Steve Rhodes, Asa, Ade Bantu and Femi Kuti with whom he had travelled severally on tours around the world. However, he has gone ahead to pursue the dissemination of his own signature sound; a result of over a decade of hard work and research to deliver a fusion of the Awori traditional music and jazz as can be heard in his tunes Ajantiele, Mobólájí, Mánámáná Aso Baba , Lànà, Ore Fún Jésù and Esẹ́ F' Ówu Lẹ̀se.

Dotun Bankole and his Lagos based band have been consistent and regular performers at the Lagos International Jazz Festival from 2011 till date. His band membership include his brother, Olusola Bankole (Piano), John Isadolo (drums), David Oladipupo (Bass), Yemi Ojole (Vocal) and a percussionist.


Dotun Bankole having lived among the Aworis for more than twelve years and afterward took up music as a career. He is the first musician to explore Awori music with the intent of giving it a musical form and distinctive harmony and arrangement with the help of his younger brother, Olusola Bankole who also lived among the Aworis within this stipulated time, he has been able to record a track in 2004 titled Ore fun Jesu and other tracks ten years later. The compilation of this tracks are due for release this year. The tracks are six altogether but Ajantiele is for a single release while other 5 tracks are on the album Lana.
Lana the maiden album of Dotun Bankole is his signature sound expressed in his five tracks featuring Mobólájí, Mánámáná Aso Baba , Lànà, Ore Fún Jésù and Esẹ́ F' Ówu Lẹ̀se, . It is well structured and with unique melodies that will sure make the both engaged and thrilled.
He remains ever grateful to God for the gift of music and he has vision to use it as a vehicle of change while remaining proudly African and original.



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MAM School

Good Job (Appreciate your Originality)
Good Job Mr. Dotun Bankole. Because of your quest to promote the true originality of Nigeria Music. We would love to create a Fake Book format of your Album with little funds. Kindly contact us on mamcentre.org/school or contact@mamcentre.org or 07044446517