Fans of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti should not miss Hampshire based band The Sea Slugs when they make their return to Southampton this March.
Performing at The Mitre, in Portswood on Saturday 5th March, the 11-piece outfit will be entertaining the crowd with their eclectic blend of live afrobeat.
Anyone attending the gig should expect a dance filled night with classic African grooves, catchy melodies and impressive solos. Since their formation in 2013 the band has been busy touring the country and recording original music.
To date The Sea Slugs have released two albums; their debut effort released in Spring 2014 What’s Not Reflected and their most recent release Women, They Cause Fear. Since their formation the band has worked and shared ideas with pioneers of African music, including percussionist Lekan Babalola and global icon Dele Sosimi.
The band was brought together by a shared love for afrobeat music, namely Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti. Much like their hero they share a passion for using their music to shed light on the political and humanitarian motivations that brought them together as a band.
The Sea Slugs describe their brand of afrobeat as being derived from the band’s collective condemnation of intolerance, their strong sense of solidarity with fellow humans and their shared love for the genre it self. With each album released The Sea Slugs have upped the ante with their musical abilities, taking their composition and improvisation skills to a new high.
The gig at The Mitre is one definitely not to be missed, what better way could their be too forget about the dreary English weather than with the finest sunshine rhythms? I promise that if you close your eyes you will swear you are in Nigeria!
Catch The Sea Slugs at The Mitre in Portswood, Southampton on Saturday 5th March.
The group will be on stage at 9PM so make sure you don’t miss it!