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FUNK GUMBO 5 - Yinka Oyewole & Sabatta - David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson - Funk Gumbo Radio

FUNK GUMBO 5 - Yinka Oyewole & Sabatta - David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson - Funk Gumbo Radio

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Funk Gumbo Radio is greatly honored that the highly talented Yinka Oyewole of the
Nigerian/Scottish/Essex/London Rock-Grunge Soul group Sabatta did Part 1 of our Funk Gumbo 5 Questions. Sabatta’s new self-titled album Sabatta is on sale at:

http://iblametheparentsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sabatta-sabatta
Funk Gumbo Radio is greatly honored that the highly talented Yinka Oyewole of the
Nigerian/Scottish/Essex/London Rock-Grunge Soul group Sabatta did Part 1 of our Funk Gumbo 5 Questions. Sabatta’s new self-titled album Sabatta is on sale at:

http://iblametheparentsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sabatta-sabatta

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Funk Gumbo Radio is greatly honored that the highly talented YinkaOyewole of the Nigerian/Scottish/Essex/London Rock-Grunge Soul groupSabatta did Part 1 of our Funk Gumbo 5 Questions. Sabat
ta‟s
new self-titledalbum Sabatta is on sale at: 
Sabatta
BIO:
 
An enigma, an anomaly, an exception to the rule, Yinka Oyewole exists as much in spite of the worldas a part of it
 – 
and the same could be said of his band SABATTA. Born in Romford, Essex, UK of Nigerian
parentage, educated in the North of Scotland and resident in South London, Yinka‟s life has been nothing if 
not eventful! Originally having dreamt of being a fine artist Yinka switched to music early because he felt hecou
ld reach more people than „putting work in a gallery‟. Musically Yinka was exposed to so many forms of 
music: rock, hip-hop, hi-life, Afrobeat but the guitar is what possessed and moved him from the start andinspired him to form Sabatta. Sabatta might be
described by some as an alternative rock band but it‟s more a
blend of grooves, beats, guitar and lyrics. Formed around 2006 Sabatta has released two critically acclaimedalbums
 – 
 
Princess Raw and Emperor‟s New Clothes. Having played in the UK, France and
the USA as well asEngland and having shared bills with artists including Peter Doherty, Slaves to Gravity, Saul Williams, Zoe
Kravitz, and Janelle Monae, Sabatta‟s affair with the disparate and diverse has continued unabated. The
cultural make up of the group has always been diverse
 – 
the line-up for the last two years being
 – 
Englishdrummer, Brazilian bassist and British-Nigerian singer/guitarist now joined by Hungarian virtuoso ZoltanToth on bass
 – 
that tradition not only continues but is ready to music SABATTA is seemingly on the verge!With the new album Sex Power Death, Yinka moves his musical unit into new territory
 – 
not so muchexpanding the sound with extra instrumentation (on the first two albums there were already keys and stringsand percussion) as much as emphatically bringing it to the fore but never losing that sharp Sabatta edge!
Yinka: „I‟ve always had a lot of sounds in my head – 
getting them out of there seems to be the smartest thing
to do! I‟ve lived in a few different places, mixed
with different types of people, and had many experiences
 – 
Iwant to share that. Where I live right now I see worlds collide
 – 
you go in Elephant & Castle shopping centre
or the pub over the road and it‟s like the bar scene from Star Wars literally! I thi
nk as a musician or anartist, to not reflect your environment in your work would be dishonest
 – 
for me at least, so with my new
songs I really want to explore that.‟ As a live band SABATTA has always been captivating but expect
upcoming live shows to be turned up a notch
 – 
 
Yinka: “Anyone who comes to see us play will get more than120%. Everybody wants to perform these days but we feel it‟s a privilege not a right. We want the audienceto hear the music they‟ve downloaded, live but BETTER and with a jaw
-dropping performance to go with it.
It‟s hard work but what‟s really great that isn‟t?” In 2011 expect jaws to drop!
 
 
Funk Gumbo Radio Los Angeles, CA 90019 Live 365.com Internet Network
 
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FUNKGUMBO 5 
9-15-2011 - Written By: David L. $Money Train$ Watts & Howard Hobson
 – 
Funk Gumbo Radio
Funk Gumbo
 
1:What led your parents to migrate from Nigeria tothe UK? How much of the Nigerian culture are you still connected to? 
Sabatta:
Well, my father came over to be a student and my mother came over to be aNurse (and she and my brothers went to Scotland because it was a Scottish nurse whocame over to Nigeria that inspired her). They met and had me and my brothers. In termsof Nigerian culture
 – 
Well, I have a million cousins many in Nigeria some over in the UK -so it's never far away, we have our own food , if you check my videos I wear traditionalclothes often - it's something that I am - I mean it's my name.
Funk Gumbo 2:
 Describe growing up in the UK and Scotland. Werethere any experiences or people that influenced your current musicalstyle?
Sabatta:
Well, I would say everything affects you so growing up around the UKcompletely affected my music. I heard hi-life and traditional music at home- especially inthe kitchen on Sundays - when my Dad would play King Sunny Ade. But being in EnglandI heard a lot of rock, hip-hop, pop, soul, everything basically, in terms of experiences Igrew up in Romford Essex - Essex is a very 'in, popular area now, but it wasn't always.But it's quite hectic still - very 'hustle' oriented by had a very low racial mix when I grewup - now it's different. Then in the north of Scotland that was the same and still is, then inSouth London it's like the total opposite - actually the parts I've been in a called littleNigeria. But also it's kinda of like the bar in Star Wars - everyone's there! So to me it'simpossible not to mix up styles - because my upbringing was so mixed up!
 
Funk Gumbo Radio Los Angeles, CA 90019 Live 365.com Internet Network
 
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Funk Gumbo 3:
Yinka, your bio references a checkered past. Whatcan you tell us about that period in your life and how did you evolveinto the man you are today?
Sabatta:
When I say checkered I don't mean I have an extensive criminal past oranything! LOL! It's just literally I've been in several different situations. I suppose living insouth London and actually North London - Tottenham - where I also used to hang out andis where the riots kicked off last month - I have seen a lot of things, that's true. I don'tknow, I guess it makes me a little more battle hardened, streetwise. I'm currently in NYC. Iwas walking through Harlem the other night (I'm staying in Brooklyn) and its funny cos
Icould smell trouble as I approached a block. Later that evening I was told by someone -yeah that block is extra 'hood' - you just know after a while
 – 
cos
you're used to it. Andthen ironically although Brooklyn has a rep - because it's 'my hood' right now - and I'vestayed here several times - I'm very comfortable and know the lay of the land. I guess it's just an extra string in my bow.
Funk Gumbo Radio Los Angeles, CA 90019 Live 365.com Internet Network

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