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Eric van der West (* 1963 ) is a Dutch bass player , composer and band leader of modern jazz . Van grew up in the south west of Holland, and began as a guitar - and bass guitar player in rock hard - and New Wave bands before joining the contemporary jazz and improvised music and turned to the bass changed. He studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and soon became a sought-after sideman in various bands and orchestras, as in Willem van Manen'sContraband at the beginning of the 1990s or in the Impressionistic Improvisers Quartet with Eckard Coulter husband , Theo Jörgensmann and Jeroen van Vliet . Stylistically, he oriented himself in his game models such as Charles Mingus and Charlie Haden . Early on he was also active as a composer. In the 1990s he took under his own name for the label Bvaast the album Dreamer working on that stylistically and the occupation of the David Murray Octet oriented, as his "Ballad for John Carter , "and in big band concept Charles Mingus' played . His next album Me, Myself and I was already in the title of a salute to the bass player and composer, the album commissioned van der west eight composers (including themselves) in order to 'write compositions in the spirit of Mingus that sufficient clearance improvisations left. According to the judgment of Richard Cook and Brian Morton that comes most remarkable piece of this album "Min (g) us One" by the composer Chiel Meijering , it is based on various themes Mingus. Van the West itself was entitled "The Underdog" at.

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''Fela was born Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti on 15 October 1938 in AbeokutaOgun StateNigeria[3] into a middle-class family. His mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, was a feminist activist in the anti-colonial movement; his father, Reverend Israel Oludotun Ransome-Kuti, aProtestant minister and school principal, was the first president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers.[4] His brothers, Beko Ransome-Kuti and Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, both medical doctors, are well known in Nigeria. Fela was a first cousin to the Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, the first African to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Fela was sent to London in 1958 to study medicine but decided to study music instead at the Trinity College of Music. While there, he formed the band Koola Lobitos, playing a fusion of jazz and highlife.[5] In 1960, Fela married his first wife, Remilekun (Remi) Taylor, with whom he would have three children (Femi, Yeni, and Sola). In 1963, Fela moved back to Nigeria, re-formed Koola Lobitos and trained as a radio producer for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation. He played for some time with Victor Olaiya and his All Stars.[6]

In 1967, he went to Ghana to think up a new musical direction.[4] That was when Kuti first called his music Afrobeat.[4] In 1969, Fela took the band to the United States where they spent 10 months in Los Angeles. While there, Fela discovered the Black Power movement through Sandra Smith (now Izsadore), a partisan of the Black Panther Party. The experience would heavily influence his music and political views. He renamed the band Nigeria '70. Soon, the Immigration and Naturalization Service was tipped off by a promoter that Fela and his band were in the U.S. without work permits. The band immediately performed a quick recording session in Los Angeles that would later be released as The '69 Los Angeles Sessions''

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