Babá Ken Okulolo biography

Babá Ken Okulolo

Musician, Musical Artist

1950 –


Who is Babá Ken Okulolo?

Babá Ken Okulolo is a Nigerian bassist and bandleader who was first seen in the U.S. in 1985 with King Sunny Ade's world-touring band. He has played with renowned Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti, highlife master Victor Olaiya, and was a founder of the Afro-rock group Monomono in the 1970s. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he leads four bands that represent his various musical specialties: Kotoja; the Nigerian Brothers; the West African Highlife Band; and the Afro-Beat Connexion. Babá Ken has also headlined such venues as Lincoln Center, The Fillmore, The Warfield, LACMA, the Oakland Coliseum, Yoshi's, The Greek Theater, and the Great American Music Hall.


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Sep 12, 1950

on July 23, 2013

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