Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble

Asiko is an all-original contemporary Afrobeat band led by a master of the craft, Foly Kolade. Foly grew up and honed his musical skills in Ogidi Nigeria and moved to New York City in 2003 where he lead Asiko Afrobeat for nine years. He moved to Toronto in 2011 and slowly gathered a roster of players from the reggae, jazz, funk, and Brazilian music scenes to built the current incarnation of the band.

Since forming in Toronto, Asiko has established a record of uplifting big audiences. They have opened for Seun Kuti and have shared a bill with Antibalas, Zap Mama, Buffy St Marie, Aline Morales, Cheick Diabate, Madagascar Slim and Awa Sangho. They have headlined Afrofest and Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expression in Toronto and have performed at Koerner Hall and Harbourfront's WestJet Stage.

Asiko’s live show is a high-energy spectacle featuring 10+ performers that incorporates Nigerian dance, percussion and costume. They specialize in making audiences get up and dance!

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