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Elikeh



Biography

Elikeh is a collective of like-minded roots musicians  performing their own brand of African Roots music. The material is a combination of traditional rhythms from Togo and 70's Afrofunk.

The group's leader Massama Dogo was born in Togo and developed his deft singing and songwriting ability performing with several local bands. He also acted  as musical director of the University Ochestra in Togo from 1998 to 2000. 

Other members of the band bring a wide range of musical experience:

Drummer Tosin Aribisala toured with  Femi Kuti for three years,as well as recording with many acts including Talib Kweli.

Veteran lead guitarist Frank K. Martins traveled the world with many popular artits including OJ Ekemode.

Master percussionist  Joseph Ngwa worked with Grammy nominee Cheick Hamala Diabate,and continues to teach drums to children in Washington, DC.

Musicians from June 22, 2010 performance include:

Clayton Englar, saxophone
Megan Nortup, saxophone
Aaron Pratts, trumpet
John Lee, lead guitar
Josh Kay, congas
Aristide, bass
Tosin Aribsala, drums
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