Growing up 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 Acid Jazz
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 up album
'River Nile' led him to being nominated for the US African Music
Awards in New York. There he became aquatinted with the
legendary late tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson who invited
Bukky to his home in San Francisco.

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