ROOTS 8 features Osibisa's GREGG KOFI BROWN and Cymande's SAM KELLY with three times’ Grammy Award Winner Phil Ramocon, Jerome Marcus, Tony Qunta, Dan Blomeley, Clare Hirst and the powerful, emotive harmonies of British Blues girl, Kyla Brox on backing vocals.
Gregg Kofi Brown is best known for his work with seminal African funk rock pioneers, Osibisa. With a musical career spanning more than thirty years and more than 180,000 hits on YouTube, Gregg has recently released his career-spanning “Rock ‘n’ Roll and UFOs” anthology to compliment his autobiography of the same name, released in July 2016. Gregg is featured vocalist and songwriter on Billy Cobham’s new Sony album "Drum N’ Voice" and he has written and performed on Stanley Jordan’s new album ‘Dreams of Peace’. Gregg’s first solo album, entitled “Together as One”, features guest artists Sting, Stanley Jordan, Gabrielle, Des’Ree and Billy Cobham. In 2003 Gregg Kofi Brown was executive producer of the Evening Standard cover-mount CD give away in memory of Damilola Taylor which featured Robbie Williams, Craig David, Gorillaz, Blue and Ms.Dynamite. Sam Kelly’s playing career started in the early 1970’s with Cymande, an 8-piece ‘African funk’ band. Sam’s self-taught style of drumming has also placed him in the drumseat with Dr. John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Floyd, Robert Plant, Roger Chapman, Michelle Shocked and the late, great Gary Moore. Sam continues to work all over the U.K. and in many areas of Europe, stamping his brand on all genres of music, from blues to rock, R&B, funk, soul and reggae. He has been voted into Blues in Britain’s “Gallery of Greats” having won “Best Drummer Award” for five years’ running. ROOTS 8 deliver a selection of WORLD MUSIC including well-known Osibisa hits and Cymande favourites. This album is a combination of the African & jazz music that has driven Gregg’s career - an influence that has also shaped and moulded Sam’s powerful drum rhythms.