Emerging Cultural Leaders 2016

Olugbade Okunade

Olugbade Okunade, aka GP Saxy, grew up in the afrobeat capital of the world, Lagos, Nigeria. In 2000, he joined Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s world renowned band, Egypt 80. For the next 14 years he toured the globe performing at festivals and concerts on the world stage; WOMAD, Bluesfest, Cochella, Later with Jools Holland, Montreal Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival and many more.

Now based in Melbourne, Olugbade brings with him a wealth of knowledge about Nigerian music, culture and traditions. Passionate about staying true to the form of Nigerian Afrobeat, he has an innovative style that draws upon funk, juju and highlife, creating a unique sound.

Olugbade is dedicated to creating a lively space for people to discover Nigerian music and dance, while educating and inspiring.

In 2014, Olugbade started his own band, Alárìíyá. Presenting the rich sound of highlife and afrobeat music to audiences across the globe, Alárìíyá is fast becoming a well known name in Melbourne’s music scene.

Olugbade is an accomplished composer, singer and trumpet player and currently an Emerging Cultural Leader, who aspires to become more involved with the community through workshops, collaborations and cultural projects.

“I am a proud music maker, who loves to inspire and bring joy to people wherever I go”
— GP Saxy

Alárìíyá website: www.alariiya.com