Alárìíyá, founded in 2014, by Nigerian born, Olugbade Okunade, aka GP Saxy, who began his musical career as master trumpet player in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s world renowned afrobeat orchestra, Egypt 80.
Alárìíyá meaning ‘Party People’ in Nigeria’s Yorùbá language, brings original compositions with a blend of afrobeat and high-life creating a unique sound. GP Saxy, brings a wealth of knowledge about Nigerian music and culture to Australia, and Melbourne, being the music capital has soaked it up, gaining a strong following.
In April 2107, Alárìíyá released their debut self-titled album to a SOLD-OUT event at The Toff in Town, Melbourne’s leading live music venue.
Alárìíyá delivers the finest afro-jazz and funky rhythms, creating an exquisite afrobeat sound that captivates audiences everywhere. This authentic afrobeat flavour of Nigeria will awaken your soul and free your mind.
Alárìíyá has graced the stage at; Moomba, African Music and Cultural Festival, Fairfield Summer Series, Queen Victoria Night Markets, Yarraville Festival and Converge On The Goulburn (Shepparton). Performances have featured blues-funk artist, Keziah Jones (FR/NG) on his 2015 Australian tour, and shared stages with afro-pop artist, D’Banj (NG), rock legends, You Am I, Nigerian-Australian Timomatic, Foreign Brothers, Black Jesus Experience, Sex On Toast, The Seven Ups, Sol Nation and many more.
Get your dancing shoes on, and let Alárìíyá awaken your spirit with
blazing horns, driving rhythms, punchy lyrics to keep you dancing all night long!
This is Afrobeat at its finest.
Alárìíya boasts an enviable line-up of musicians
Saturday June 24th, 8pm
Foreign Brothers and PBS 106.7FM present – Momentum: Chapter 4
Evelyn Hotel, Brunswick St, Fitzroy
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Saturday July 29th, 7pm
Fashion and Afro Jazz Cocktail Event with Alárìíya
The James Hotel, 439 Docklands Drive, Melbourne
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Alárìíyá Event Archive – Australia
• Sex On Toast Single Launch Tour, Howler, Brunswick, 2017
• The Horn’s 10th Birthday, Collingwood, 2017
• Afro Hub, Carlton North, 2017
• Alárìíyá Debut Album Launch, The Toff In Town, Melbourne, 2017
• Fairfield Summer Series, Fairfield Amphitheatre, 2017
• The Foreign Brothers at The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, 2016
• Industry Showcase, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray, 2016
• Darebin Music Feast, Bar 303, Northcote, 2016
• Transcontinental Vibrations, The Night Cat, Fitzroy, 2016
• Reseed Field Studies Launch, Melbourne University, 2016
• Jambo Bar & Cafe, Footscray, 2016
• The B.EAST, East Brunswick, 2016
• Converge On The Goulburn festival, Shepparton, 2016
• African Australian Cultural Diversity Youth Showcase, Melbourne, 2016
• Open Studio, Northcote, 2016, 2017
• Bar Oussou, Brunswick, 2015, 2016, 2017
• Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, 2015, 2016
• Yarra Gala Dinner, The Boite & METAC, Collingwood, 2015
• Upstanding Members Album Launch, 24 Moons, Northcote, 2015
• The Horn Ethiopian Restuarant, Collingwood, 2015, 2016
• The Seven Ups Album Launch, Ding-Dong Lounge, Melbourne, 2015
• Kensington Community Festival, Kensington, 2015
• Queen Victoria Night Markets, Melbourne, 2015
• Moomba Festival, Melbourne, 2015
• Kensington Town Hall Opening, Kensington, 2015
• Yarraville Music Festival, Yarraville, 2015, 2017
• African Music and Cultural Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne, 2014, 2016
• Alárìíyá Band Launch, Bar Open, Fitzroy, 2014
• 54th Nigerian Independence Day Celebration, Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin, 2014, 2015, 2016
• Studio 5 Live to Air performance on Stani Goma’s program, Flight 1067 to Africa, PBS FM Radio, Collingwood, 2014