KUNLE Ayo, Nigeria's music ambassador in South Africa, will be featured by the Nigeria All Star Band at this year's Standard Bank International Joy Of Jazz 2009.
The highly anticipated collaboration, a first of its kind on our shores by the West Africans, takes place on the Mbira stage on Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown in Johannesburg from August 27 to 29.
Obviously proud of their rich heritage, the band will take youngsters to the dizzying era of the legendary, world-acclaimed musician Femi Anikulapo Ransom Kuti.
At the same time die-hard and mature fans of the controversial Ayo, pictured , will be taking a stroll down memory line, reminiscing about the explosion of Afro-beat in the world.
Kuti's music is timeless, meaningful and rich in both rhythm and brass. An accomplished saxophonist, he thrived on walking around in his shorts while his many beautiful and talented wives, who formed part of the band, admired him.
Nigeria was a corrupt state then and the fearless Kuti never missed an opportunity to take a pot shot at the country' s leaders. His music still speaks of the challenges that cover Africa like a dark cloud.
He was a legend for all times. Now his sons, Femi and Kuti, are hoisting the flag high for the family.
The Nigeria All Star band comprises Ayo Solanke, Olufemi, Segun Olusi and Seun Karonwi.
Simply reminisce, or embrace new favourites with timeless songs like Lady, Shakara, Teacher No Teach Me NonsenseandBeast of No Nation from a huge repertoire of captivating tunes.
Catch the Nigeria All Star band on the Mbira stage, on August 29 from 9.45am to 7.45pm
Day tickets for the Dinaledi and Mbira stages on both days, August 28 and 29, cost R400 at Computicket.
And an ordinary ticket for the Mbira stage and the Dinaledi stage is R280 and R320, respectively.