Adesuwa Bullen - African Roots

Adesuwa Bullen - Gospel Group

r&b, soul, gospel, African roots

Die 6-köpfige, vor zehn Jahren gegründete Gruppe mit Leadsängerin ADESUWA, ihrer Back-up Vokalistin und den vier Instrumentalisten, gilt als eines der vielfältigsten und modernsten Gospel-Projekte von heute. Die Zusammensetzung der Formation – alle Musiker mit afrikanischen Wurzeln – hat sich, neben weiteren Stilrichtungen, ganz stark der Tradition des Gospels und der Spirituals zugewandt und sich nun mit ihrem Musical Director Hugh Bullen erfolgreich behauptet. Die Gruppe trat nach Gastspielen in Jazzclubs, an Firmenevents und Festivals in Paris, Berlin, München, Amsterdam und vor sechs Jahren erstmals in der Schweiz auf. Stets mit dem Attribut einer eindrücklichen und dichten Nachricht zum bevorstehenden Weihnachtsfest.

Unter der Obhut ihres Gatten und Bassisten Hugh Bullen (production compagny 7 World Music) ging Sängerin ADESUWA ins Studio und nahm den Track "Free Spirit" für das Album "Gospel on the dance floor" auf, welches im Oktober 2001 veröffentlicht wurde. Dieses richtet sich vor allem an jene Gospel-Liebhaber, welche nicht unbedingt allzu formelle Kirchenkonzerte besuchen wollen. Es gelingt der fundamental christlich gesinnten Gruppe, dem Zuhörer live die frohe Botschaft musikalisch zu vermitteln. ADESUWA vermischt mit ihrer samtenen und einnehmenden Stimme virtuos, poetisch und religiös, eigene und speziell arrangierte musikalische Stimmungsbilder, teils auch mit «infectious funky house grooves».

Das neue, in Eigenproduktion der Innspirals Record, auf dem Markt lancierte contemporary Gospel-Album trägt den Titel "Great Miracles" und beinhaltet 13 von ADESUWA und Hugh Bullen gefühlvoll geschriebene, vertonte und von R&B, Afro-Beats und Dancemusic unterlegte Originaltitel im Zeichen von "In the name of the Lord".

In London geniessen ADESUWA und ihre Mitstreiter bereits Starstatus.

Line up:
Lead Vocals - Adesuwa Bullen
Bass - Hugh Bullen
Guitar - Kelvin Bullen
Piano - John Keys
Drums - Michael Smith
Backing Vocals - Geraldine Reid

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Adesuwa Bullen – Biography

Edification and upliftment is at the heart of what Adesuwa Bullen does. The singer-songwriter from London has been entertaining crowds for years in Europe and beyond, alongside her producer and husband Hugh Bullen. The duo have a wealth of experience and Hugh has shared the stage with music greats such as Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. They are a force to be reckoned with and are now back to woo the world with their second album Great Miracles.

The album, which was released in December 2009 is an amalgam of soul-tingling positivity and contains something for everyone. It has propelled Adesuwa, Hugh and their band into being very much in demand and the album has sold out in every show they have performed, with audiences craving for more. Adesuwa started singing after she finished college and uplifting people through music is her passion. “I have always loved music and I believe that music should paint a picture and impart something positive to the audience,” says the woman herself. The musical journey has not been an easy one for Adesuwa. In her college days, she was often guarded and shy about her singer-songwriter capabilities, but the gift would not stay hidden and eventually burst forth, prompting her to perform at a range of open mic sessions and shows. It was whilst she was working on the circuit that she met Hugh and the impact was instant. It was a meeting of musical minds and the results were displayed on her first album, Free Your Spirit, released in 1999.

The single of the same title was so successful that it was nominated for an award by Macintosh Computers. In addition to singing, song-writing and producing, Adesuwa and Hugh run their own record label, Innspirals Records. They also run a recording studio, 7 Worlds Music based in North London. Preparations have already begun for the 3rd album, which Adesuwa is currently writing. Judging by the smooth, melodic grooves on Great Miracles, things can only get better.

Hugh Bullen – Biography

At the age of fifteen Hugh Bullen joined Soul Trinity as a Bass player with his brother Kelvin Bullen on lead guitar. They also had Jam sessions with Mike Oldfield who lived not far from them in Berkshire, England. They also supported Cream – Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce as well as famously supporting The Jimi Hendrix Experience at The Corn Exchange at Chelmsford in 1967.

They also Supported John Myles’ Blues Band and Graham Bond as well as many other bands from the late 60’s and 70’s. After the Soul Trinity, Hugh Bullen and his brother Kelvin Bullen became the rhythm section for top London band, The Tonics. In 1968 they supported Aretha Franklin at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. After the Tonics, Hugh Bullen performed with American soul star Herby Goins and the Nightimers. Whilst on tour in Italy, Hugh was asked to play bass for Italian soul super star, Wess and the Aidales. Hugh Bullen stayed in Italy for a number of years becoming one of the countries most popular musicians.

Hugh has also played Bass with top Italian artists:

Hugh also did some electronic disco dance tracks that were very successful and an Album entitled 'Feeling' produced by Claudio Fabi. In 1979 Hugh Bullen came back to London and was asked to join famous Latin funk band Gonzalez, who had an international hit with 'I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet'.