Interesting fact: Ade Bantu has no formal musical training like most kids he was in love with rap music so he started off as a rapper in a college band in Germany. The group recorded a 4-track demo tape that was shopped around by a band member who was convinced they could land a record deal (which they actually did). With their first single they hit the road playing concerts and gaining a bit of notoriety in the emerging German Hip-hop scene. Once bitten by the music bug there was no turning back. In 2001 Ade Bantu decided to form the collective BANTU with his brother Abiodun, German-Sierra Leonean singer Patrice & Nigerian vocalist Amaechi. Together they recorded the singles “Nzogbu” & “Fire Inna Dancehall” which both became big radio hits in Nigeria and led to the band’s first official album release titled “Fufu”.
Musical background: Ade Bantu was a member of the Hip-hop collectives Exponential Enjoyment, Weep Not Child and Brother Keepers. Over the years he has done a number of guest performances for various groups and genres.
Favourite genre: Jazz, Hip-hop, Afrobeat, Soul, Reggae & Psychedelic Funk
Favourite musicians: Bobby Womack, John Coltrane, Public Enemy, Mighty Diamonds, Fela, Ebo Taylor, Gil Scott Heron & Parliament
Future plans: To own a studio overlooking the Atlantic Ocean