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Johnny Folarin

Johnny Folarin

In London session March 2002
photo: Molesworth

Originally from Nigeria, conga and bongo master Johnny Folarin has lived in London since the late fifties. His wide-ranging career covers stints in the house band at the legendary London Flamingo club in the early sixties and a big contribution to the Anglo-African music scene that exploded there in the late sixties and early seventies.

Johnny played a significant part in the band Carmel‘s success in the eighties, and also drummed on Bronski Beat’s Age Of Consent. Most recently (2003), he has contributed congas and bongos to Thorne’s The Contessa’s Party CD and to Richard Barone’s (formerly of the New York band the Bongos….) forthcoming single Opium Of The Masses.