The vibrant life of guitar legend Oghene Kologbo began in Nigeria, 1957. Born to the famous highlife musician Joe King Kologbo, Oghene Kologbo became involved in music as a teenager. It was at this age that he began performing with the revolutionary Afrobeat master, Fela Kuti and went on to record more than 50 records with his band, Africa 70.
Kologbo was also Fela’s personal assistant and ” human tape recorder,” a job that required him to memorise all of the melodies Fela would sing to him so that he could teach them to the band at their rehearsals! In 1978, after a show at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Kologbo left the band (along with Tony Allen and a few others) and stayed in Berlin.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Kologbo worked with the legendary but short-lived Roots Anabo, also touring and recording with King Sunny Ade, Tony Allen and Brenda Fosse, among many others. In 2005 Kologbo began working with the Afrobeat Academy (Berlin’s heaviest afrobeat ensemble) which later on morphed into Ebo Taylor’s and then Pat Thomas’ backing bands. Three years later he moved to France to join Tony Allen on tenor guitar and after nearly a year playing and teaching Afrobeat in Brazil, Kologbo came back to France to work on his new record, Africa is the Future.
Still recording to this day, Kologbo released new record Africa is the Future in October 2017 and with this album comes the promise of many more new releases from Kologbo’s new project and collaboration with French production team, Paris DJ’s.
Today, Paris DJ’s have released a brand new song from Kologbo titled Get Rich Quick, which features the horn section and percussion player from French band Les Frères Smith along with backing vocals from singers from Chilean band, Newen Afrobeat (Chile’s first ever Afrobeat band!). Impressively Kologbo plays the drums, guitar solos, genor guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and conga’s on this track!….but not all at once I suspect!!
Recorded and produced by Grant Phabao at the Paris DJs studio, Kologbo has explained the motivation behind Get Rich Quick, describing how the song “is not an ode to Las Vegas. ‘Get Rick Quick’ is a problem of the world, that’s why I sing it. Everybody wants to get rich quick and forget his brother, forget about famine, forget about all necessary things. I can see that all over the world.”
The message is clear and the song, big, bold and vibrant, creating impact with colourful beats, funk-laden guitar, rich melodies and passionate vocals…all it needs now is an eager pair of ears, so what you waiting for, check it out above and order your copy of Get Rich Quick from here.