He was a founding member of Ghetto Blaster, an influential band in the Paris World Music scene in the 1980s. From Paris, he released “Afrobeat Blaster” in 1991 and “Time For Highlife” in 1999. His percussion enlivens the recordings of World artists Tony Allen, Mory Kante, Salif Keita, Papa Wemba and others. Creating the conga groove for vibraphonist Roy Ayers’ “2000 Black” in Nigeria in 1979, he still tours with Roy in Europe to this day.
Now Chief Udoh Essiet mixes his heritage, experience and creativity to cross Highlife and Afrobeat rhythm on his new album. He blends all that he is, feels, and believes today, yet still plays his hand-made antelope skin congas and talking drums from Nigeria. His music truly nourishes the body and the soul.