Tunde Jegede & Art Ensemble of Lagos

An avant-garde jazz ensemble that grew out of the thriving musical voices in Lagos, Nigeria. The ensemble features some of Lagos’ finest artists, singers and instrumentalists who combined, explore jazz and its African connections. They are recognised for their integration of musical styles creating a synergy between contemporary, traditional, classical and African influences spanning the entire history of jazz through their multi-instrumentalism.

Art Ensemble of Lagos features the legendary soul vocalist, Age Beeka, traditional griot, Hammay Saho and the young jazz vocalist, Deborah Olufa.

“Soul-stirring music that could rouse slumbering spirits from the nether world”
- Vanguard, Nigeria

“Tunde brings the majesty of this ancient instrument to life before our very eyes”
- Sean Rafferty, In Tune, BBC Radio 3

‘Tunde’s virtuosity glows’
- The Guardian

‘Tunde Jegede, a griot of our times’
- The Observer


Tunde Jegede - kora / MD
Victor Ray - lead vocals
Deborah Olufa - lead vocals
Hammay Saho - lead vocals
Etuk Ubong - trumpet
Shina Oguntuga - guitar
Oluwaseun Adeshina - bass
CEF - percussion
Tombrapade - drums