Elikeh opening for The Wailers at The Howard Theatre in DC on January 13

Howard Theatre

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Washington City Paper Critics Poll names Elikeh’s Between 2 Worlds a top album of 2012

Washington City Paper

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New album review from World Music Central

“This CD does an excellent job of capturing the band’s live sound and their versatility as performers: with a bass section that has the flexibility to encompass Togolese rhythms and funk in one heartbeat.”

World Music Central

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New Official Video: No Vision

Check out the new Elikeh video by Edouard Zucker, younger brother of Elikeh band leader Massama Dogo.

Elikeh: Afropop Band Raises Awareness for Togo

There are some in Africa who sound alerts by reaching out to journalists while others write songs, like those on the debut album of Togolese musician Massamah Dogo and his band Elikeh.

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‘Between 2 Worlds’ Now Available on iTunes

The full album is now available on iTunes!
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New Single ‘Olesafrica’ Available Now on iTunes

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Premiere: Elikeh – “Olesafrica (Ojah Awake)”

Out of Washington, D.C. comes “Olesafrica (Ojah Awake)” a new track off the forthcoming record Between 2 Worlds from Elikeh. Led by Togo-born Serge “Massama” Dogo, the group blends various styles of west-african styles — afrobeat, highlife, soukous — into a tight, forward moving sound that keeps one foot in the past and another towards the future.

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New Video and Photos

Head over to the Media and Gallery pages for new video and downloads. Don’t miss our new single “Olesafrica”, available now.

‘Between 2 Worlds’: New Album Out Soon!

From the Press Release: Drums Are Burning: Afrofunk Politics and Party Grooves Fall into Place on Elikeh’s Between 2 Worlds

“Let’s go under the tree; the drums are already beating. Hey! Wow! Look at how people are shaking their things already!” cries bandleader and songwriter Massama Dogo of Washington DC’s cross-cultural Afropop party, Elikeh. “In Togo, when people are drumming, people say the drummer is burning. Let’s go! He’s on fire.”

The eight-member group knows how to get the fire burning. They channel that energy into funkified pop anthems and thoughtful critiques of corruption, ignorance, and cultural neglect. Now on Between 2 Worlds (Azalea City Recordings; release: August 23, 2012), the group digs deep into the African vintage pop inspiration, the reggae vibes, and the current craze for African-inflected funk and blues on an album that easily straddles two continents.

With bold brass, interlocking percussion, and a sixth sense for the groove, Elikeh mixes precision with just enough raw power to pack a punch. Joined by Malian guitar whiz Vieux Farka Toure (“Alonye”) and jam guitar master John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra; “Nye’n mind na wo”), Between 2 Worlds moves from Togolese roots and beats to purring organ and hot grooves, from immigrant alienation to exhortations to keep one’s culture and sense of self (“Know Who You Are”).

“I always describe Elikeh’s music as like taking Fela Kuti and mixing him with Bob Marley. Put in a pot and stir for three minutes and add some Osibisa and Togolese traditional music to it and let it all boil for two more minutes,” Dogo laughs. “Then you add a sprinkle of rock and you have Elikeh.”

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