YAABA FUNK creates a floor-filling extravaganza combining the tightest rhythm section this side of Accra, fat analogue bass lines, blazing horns, sparkling African guitar riffs and gritty rock guitar lines have made Yaaba Funk one of the finest afro-funk bands in the UK.
The band was born in Brixton in 2006. The core members of Yaaba Funk met on the South London African scene in the late 1990s when, as well as studying African music, many wild nights were spent jamming together at house parties – drumming, dancing and DJ-ing till dawn spinning Afrobeat, Mbalax, Cuban rumba, Brazilian grooves, broken beat,70s Nigerian funk, reggae and of course Hi-Life.
The name Yaaba Funk comes from an album called Yaba Funk Roots, the only album ever released outside of Africa by Captain Yaba, a musician from northern Ghana and exponent of the 2-string ‘guitar’ called the koliko. The band has gigged extensively around the UK, building up a loyal fan base with their exuberant live shows and have toured Europe and Africa. Their debut album “AFROBEAST” was released in May 2010 by Sterns Records.