Sola Akingbola

Sola Akingbola is percussionist and band member of Jamiroquai, the UK's multi-million album selling Acid-Jazz Funk band. Sola is integral to the Jamiroquai sound - along with drummer, Derrick Mckenzie, he produced the groove chemistry that has rocked the last five albums. It was Derrick McKenzie who first got Sola the Jamiroquai gig: Derrick had been given the task of finding a new percussionist, and he had three names on his short list. Which one to call first? Intrigued by Sola's unique name, and needing someone who could immediately step up and fill the percussionist post for a TV show in Paris called Taratata, Derrick picked up the phone and dialled. ...show more

Sola Akingbola is percussionist and band member of Jamiroquai, the UK's multi-million album selling Acid-Jazz Funk band. Sola is integral to the Jamiroquai sound - along with drummer, Derrick Mckenzie, he produced the groove chemistry that has rocked the last five albums. It was Derrick McKenzie who first got Sola the Jamiroquai gig: Derrick had been given the task of finding a new percussionist, and he had three names on his short list. Which one to call first? Intrigued by Sola's unique name, and needing someone who could immediately step up and fill the percussionist post for a TV show in Paris called Taratata, Derrick picked up the phone and dialled.

When Derrick made that call, Sola had just completed an intense eight-month world tour with the then up-and-coming Jazz guitarist, Ronny Jordan. Sola recorded two albums with (the late) Ronny Jordan - 'A Quiet Storm' and 'Light to Dark' - and contributed two compositions to the latter. Sola thought he was looking forward to a well-earned rest and instead, was caught up for the next ten years in the whirlwind global success of Jamiroquai. Now taking centre-stage as lead singer, Sola is currently working towards completing a second recording of his own original compositions - a new live project called CRITICAL MASS.

A funky roots project with a hard, futuristic edge, CRITICAL MASS combines tastefully layered percussion with funky grooves drawn from the creative use of the Yoruba language. Laced with a healthy dose of synths and twisted guitars, Sola has concocted a funky roots sound that drives forward a contemporary Afro-UK perspective. The band will be launched in April 2014 with the first single and video entitled 'Generation Vex', which is a response to the revolutionary undercurrents and moments of defiance that have characterized the beginning of the 21st Century. From the Arab spring and the Occupy movement, to the riots in Paris and London, GENERATION VEX is a funky roots response to the angry voice of a new generation of global youth. ...show less