Ade Bantu is a Nigerian-German musician, producer and social activist. He is best known as the front man of the 13-piece award winning band BANTU (Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity). Based in Lagos, the bustling megapolis which he calls his muse, Ade Bantu and his band have over the course of a few albums embarked on sonic adventures that celebrates and explore the complexities and contradictions of navigating daily life in the 20 million city of dreams and chaos. Ade Bantu’s music is a fusion of Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Hiphop and Yoruba music. Driven by a strong desire for social justice his lyrics address issues around corruption, injustice, migration, xenophobia and urban alienation.
Ade Bantu is also the creator of Afropolitan Vibes a quarterly concert series & annual music festival. He has developed and executed numerous performing arts, cross-cultural and community arts projects like Framewalk and BornTroWay across Europe and Africa. He also curated “Naija Pop In HD” as part of the Ex-Africa exhibition series in Brazil. In April 2020 Ade Bantu & his band released “Disrupt The Programme” a politically charged song that addresses issues around freedom of speech and the oppression of dissenting voices in Nigeria. An album titled “Everybody Get Agenda” is planned for release in late 2020.