Following on from the huge success of ‘The Confluence EP’, Afrobeat ambassador Dele Sosimi and Essex musician Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, alongside a team of specially assembled musicians - The Estuary 21 - bring you a taste of what’s to come from the highly anticipated full LP, out early 2024.
The songs on the album continue the freestyle flow of Afrobeat, jazz, and worldly pop, coupled with feelings of freedom, strength, positivity and collaborative dynamism as a balm for life changing events.
The new single is the typically life affirming ‘For The Love Of It’, which comes complete with a very special remix from Get Cape himself.
It’s a single that probably describes the dynamic of this project in the best way possible. As Dele explains, “This track in particular was out of pure love for what we do and what better way to get this poignant message across!”
It's a sentiment backed up by Sam, “I love the lyrics for this song. ‘Whatever you do for the love of it, keep doing it for the love of it.’ It’s so easy in life to forget what we love, why we love and why we do it. Especially if you are fortunate enough to do something you love for a living.”
And with a perhaps unexpected remix, it’s a rather unique and exciting package, as Sam goes on - “I remember from the very of , saying ‘one day I’d love to do a remix of this song.’ Music in this tempo / feel is a huge love of mine and something that has influenced my Get Cape... sound heavily over the years be it jungle or drum and bass. To be reminded of my passions via lyrics and then feed them into a remix, with a sound I treasure, is a dream scenario. Working on this was the most fun. Really great to involve the Estuary 21 fam, rethinking a few parts and also a special appearance from Dele’s long term collaborator Femi Elias.”
Dele and Sam were introduced at Felabration 2012, the annual commemoration of the music of Fela Kuti, and promised to work together in the near future. With many live collaborations, at Afrobeat Vibration, Kentish Town Forum and lots of hanging out and mutual love, nearly ten years passed before the two musicians connected in Sam’s hometown of Southend-On-Sea in a post-lockdown creative boom, recording the album over a burst of week-long sessions in 2021. The Estuary 21 band is completed by Callum Green (The Sleeping Souls/GCWCF), Philip Van Den Brandeler (Pocket Dragon/GCWCF), Pete Fraser (The Pogues, Field Music), Afla Sackey (Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu/Ibibio Sound Machine), Aby Dosunmu (Dele Sosimi), Sam Ewens (Myles Sanko) with special guest appearances from Sam Eagle and Essex Percussion legend, Snowboy.
Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s commune (which he now refers to as his university of life). After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele went on to focus on developing his solo career and, honing his creative talents, and with much patience on his part, carved out his own Afrobeat crown. His last album, ‘You No Fit Touch Am’ (2015), was a critical success with Songlines writing “Afrobeat will never die so long as Dele’s around”, Clash declaring it “blistering Afro-funk from a true legend”, The Quietus calling it “so fresh, while staying true to the template”, and David Hutcheon’s four star Mojo review said it was “a deeper, moodier collection than other Shrine veterans have released lately”.
A veteran at 36 years old, Sam Duckworth has been releasing music as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly for half of his life. A catalogue that includes four top 40 singles, two top 40 albums (including the gold certified ‘Chronicles of A Bohemian Teenager’ that recently celebrated its 15th anniversary), a German club number 1 single and collaborations with artists ranging from Shy FX, Baaba Maal, Lily Allen and Jehst. Recently, Duckworth produced Benjamin Frances Leftwich’s album ‘To Carry A Whale’ and has been working on the forthcoming album by Kate Nash.