Nicholas Addo-Nettey alias Bob Sky and his band The Ridimtaksi were already 3 times on the stage at Tropical Diaspora. He started his music career, at the age of six during his schooltimes as a traditional dancer and a singer. 1965 – 1970: He learned more how to drum, sing and dance. Middle 1970: He was invited by a musician called Joe King Kologbo: a famous guitarist, who released one of the best seller record in Nigeria “Baby Pancake” Mr. Joe King then asked Nicholas Addo-Nettey to join his great Afro-Boateng`s Hykkers Band, as a copyright soul singer, in Kumasi Ghana. Nicholas worked with Joe King K. untill 1971.
1960 – Nicholas Addo-Nettey alias Bob Sky, started his music career, at the age of six during his schooltimes as a traditional dancer and a singer. 1965-1970 – He learned more how to drum, sing and dance. Middle 1970 – He was invited by a musician called Joe King Kologbo: a famous guitarist, who released one of the best seller record in Nigeria “Baby Pancake”. Mr. Joe King then asked Nicholas Addo-Nettey to join his great Afro-Boateng`s Hykkers Band, as a copyright soul singer, in Kumasi Ghana. Nicholas worked with Joe King K. untill 1971. 1971 – Beginning of cooperation with Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Africa 70 Band. 1978 – Appearance of Africa 70 Band in Berliner Philharmonie at the Berlin Jazz Festival. Nicholas Addo-Nettey was working for recordings of more than 40 songs (background singer, percussionist). Of it are most of the bestsellers. 2013 – Pax Nicholas & The Ridimtaksi play for the first time at the legendary Venue YAAM at the East Side Galery in Berlin hosted by the Tropical Diaspora organized by Dj Garrincha. 2014 – Pax Nicholas & The Ridimtaksi are the first Band at the new Stage at the new YAAM Location in Berlin again organized and hosted by Dj Garrincha.
Here exclusive for the Tropical Diaspora one song from one of the concerts inna YAAM Venue.
Press Release Daptone Records
Nicholas Addo-Nettey became a full member of Fela´s legendary band Africa 70 as a conga player and background singer in 1971. The first record he appeared on was Lady Shakara – an international smash hit and one of Fela´s greatest. In the 70s, stars like James Brown, B.B. King, Ginger Baker, Stevie Wonder and Manu Dibango came to Lagos to visit Fela’s Shrine club to hear this new and incredibly heavy thing called Afrobeat. While playing and recording for Felas´s Africa 70 (he appeared on Fela’s releases between 1971 and 1978), Mr. Addo-Nettey always had his own thing going on the side. He released two solo LPs for the Tabansi Label with the Martin Brothers Band from Portharcort, Nigeria, one of them being Na Teef Know The Road of Teef in 1973. A heavy afro-funk record, that was recorded with Africa 70 musicians and singers in Ginger Baker´s highly equipped Lagos studio, where many of Fela´s albums were recorded as well. Fela was not amused at all about these kinds of things, even less when he heard how strong the “Na Teef…” album was. He reportedly said: “Don’t you ever, EVER play it again!” And so it was. Despite being a killer record, “Na Teef…” remained undercover for more than 30 years. Then he started writing his own songs which he later on got a connection to record with the Martin Brothers Band from Portharcourt Nigeria on Tabansi Label with the Album called ” Mind Your Business”. Composed and arranged by Nicholas Addo-Nettey and the Martin Brothers Band sang by Nicholas Addo-Nettey. The second Album follows entitled: “Na Teef Know De Road Of Teef” Composed, sang and arranged by Nicholas Addo-Nettey (backed by) The Martin Brothers and the Africa 70 Musicians. Nicholas Addo-Nettey was at this time, also working with the legend of afrobeat music: Fela Kuti`s Africa 70 Band as a full member, percussionist and background Singer. Source: Daptone Records
By Pax Nicholas at Tropical Diaspora Vol.21