in Lagos Nigeria, Bukky was spotted practising his
first saxophone by the original afro-beat drummer
Tony Allen. He was immediately ushered into Tony’s
newly formed band. Bukky went on to play with the
great Fela Kuti where the seeds of afrobeat were being
sown. After sometime in the band and under the influence
of Tony Allen, Bukky decided to follow his own journey
with his distinct style of jazz and a fro-beat.
In 1982, Bukky's path led him to London, where he
became one of the forerunners of the acid jazz scene.
A young A&R man
called Gilles Peterson signed him to the newly formed
label. His first release 'Rejoice in Righteousness'
was at the heart of the acid jazz world. It went straight
to number one in the
rhythm and blues, dance and jazz charts. The follow
'River Nile' led him to being nominated for the US
Awards in New York. There he became aquatinted with
legendary late tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson who
Bukky to his home in San Francisco.
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