London-born, Lagos, Nigeria-raised, New York-based composer, bandleader, and bassist Michael Olatuja blends the sounds of these three cities into what he describes as a “cinematic Afrobeat.” One of the most inventive and in-demand bassists on the scene today, Olatuja has worked and recorded with the likes of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, and MASS MoCA friend Angelique Kidjo, among others. He’s here with a full band, for a high-energy evening of hard-hitting Afrobeat, jazz, and funk.
The full Lagos Pepper Soup band includes Michael Olatuja (bass/composer), Stephanie Alvarenga (voice), Melonie Daniels Walker (voice), Etienne Stadwijk (piano), and Jonathan Barber (drums).
“A sonic experience of epic proportions” — NPR
“Beautiful, complex, and inspiring” — GLIDE Magazine
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This performance will take place inside MASS MoCA’s Club B10.
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June 17, 2020 - January 31, 2022
Effective Monday, November 1, all visitors to MASS MoCA over the age of 12 must show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination (accompanied by a photo ID for visitors over 18). Updated COVID FAQ here.