There’s a lot of new music online for music enthusiasts interested in rare West African grooves. There’s a lot to discover within this beautiful mélange of highlife, Afrobeat and West African electro-boogie flows on internet radio that can be heard all over the world. TEMITOPE KOGBE is a Dj from Lagos with interests in photography, music and African history. Temi also collects vinyl of post-highlife West African music and genres it birthed.
Temi’s interest in music started with his dad’s large collection of LPs from the 70s and 80s. His family later moved to Paris during the boom of the Jazz era where he eventually caught the bug, attending as many concerts as he could and taking drum lessons from jazz drummer, Sangoma Everett.
Temi later moved to the UK and started collecting music as well as DJing. He mentions Gilles Peterson as one of his influences. Temi’s mixes feature different sounds from organic soulful numbers with electro beat-heavy stuff, to broken-beat producers like IG Culture, Dego Kaidi Thatham, Bembe Segue and Afronaught.
Temi has played shows at Terra Kulture, Miliki Lounge and at the Lagos Jazz Series this year. We are pretty excited by his participation in Chale Wote this year and looking forward to his take on this year’s theme, African Electronics, which he fittingly relates to the Afro-Electro sounds of the 80s.
Temi’s presentation on African Electronics would include DJ sets of that era’s music and its evolution. He believes 1980s West African Electro foretold the music we are hearing today. According to him, that genre was prolific because the musicians created sounds that represented them.
Written by Jeanne-Barbara Debre
Photos by Temitope Kogbe