Adegoke Odukoya, aka Adé Bantu, is a Nigerian-German musician, producer and activist. Adé Bantu was born July 13, 1971 in Wembley, London to a German mother, Barbara Odukoya, and a Nigerian father, Adeleke Odukoya. In 1973 he relocated to Lagos, Nigeria with his parents. After the death of his father in 1986 he moved with his mother and 3 siblings to Germany.
His music is an eclectic fusion of the rich cultural heritage of the Yorubas and the sounds of the African Diaspora. In his words in an interview with jamati.com he describes himself as "..a grenzgaenger...a pan Africanist. I am an “Afropean”, Yoruba-Prussian musician, producer, singer/songwriter and activist, who uses music to explore and celebrate his urban African musical and cultural heritage"
He received the Kora Award (the Pan-African equivalent of the Grammy) 2005 for his debut album "Fuji Satisfaction" , which featured Senegalese Hip-hop veterans P.B.S; and his collaboration with the Nigerian Fuji star Adewale Ayuba.
He is best known as the founder of the Afro-German musical collective and NGO "Brothers Keepers" which fights against racism in Germany and as the front man of Bantu & Afrobeat Academy Band.
Video "Lagos Jump" by Ade Bantu:
His TV appearances include the cinema documentary "Yes I Am", a documentary on Afro Germans directed by Sven Halfar. He also appears in an episode of German soap Lindenstrasse (Episode 710). In 2012, Bantu joined the panel of judges of Project Fame West Africa, a music TV reality show.
He now lives and works from Nigeria.
His recent video Oya is full of energy and youthful playfulness. Watch the video below: