Eli Fola is a Nigerian-born, New York and LA Based multi-disciplinary sound artist, saxophonist, DJ and producer. He is the creator and pioneer of the live hybrid set ‘Yoruba Tech Soul’, a fusion of Afro house, techno, jazz and classical. He is described as a saxophone genius by those who know and is inspired by Jeff Mills as well as Fela Kuti. He has performed alongside Black Coffee and has worked on projects for Vogue Italia and Free the Works as well as running the independent label Tech Afrique. As his new single ‘Celestial’ drops on connected, DMCWorld heads back to mine with Eli Fola…
Lagbaja – Never Far Away
This records reminds me of my childhood growing up in Nigeria, It was probably the first record I heard that incorporated an orchestra, Lagbaja was an inspiration inspiration growing up.
Beautiful Nubia – Owuro L’ojo
This records is in Yoruba Language, It talks about the importance of waking up early to start your day or business because time waits for no body.
Asa – Fire On The Mountain
This was my first introduction to the Nigerian French Singer Asa
Laurent Garnier – The Man With The Red Face (Live)
I loved listening to this record at home and I would practice the saxophone to it, its also my introduction to Laurent Garnier.
Jeff Mills & Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra – The Bells
It literally changed my life.
Tinariwen – Tenere Taqqim Tossam
Love Love Tinariwen, I discovered them in 2014.
Femi Kuti – Yeparipa
Song talks about the poverty in Nigeria and the Government’s lack of accountability to the Nigerian people.
Nils Frahm – Hammers
My favorite piece of music, It changed my life.
Bonobo – Circus
Incredible production on this.
Eli Fola – Apocalypse
Lastly, I got to add my record released in 2016, one of my favorite works.
Eli Fola ‘Celestial’ is out now on connected.