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Brooklyn's Akoya is poised to make a brand new vinyl (and digital) album of heavy, full sized Afrobeat.

Akoya Afrobeat is getting ready to get back into the studio this year, but we need your help! We have two great new extended Afrobeat compositions that are ready to record.  Now we just need to raise the money to make it happen.

We are planning to track live in a nice big, room at BPM in Brooklyn and press the two songs as side A and B on vinyl.  It is going to sound awesome!  We're asking for donations totaling $9,000 to cover the costs of recording, mixing, mastering the record, vinyl pressing, getting great artwork from legendary Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu, publicizing the album, and for travel expenses (one of us lives in California these days).  In return for you help, we are offering a ton of great rewards, which you can learn about to the right.

If you don't know about Akoya, we are a Brooklyn, NY-based band made up of 15 musicians from all over the world (Nigeria, Benin, Botswana, Japan, South Africa and America).  We've been working to keep the legacy of Fela Kuti alive and vibrant since 2002 and are excited to throw our hat into the ring once again. Please check www.akoyamusic.com for more information.  Thanks for your support!

6/21 UPDATE: We only have until the morning of June 30th to get to our goal, so we are proudly announcing the !!!END OF CAMPAIGN SPECIAL!!! Donate $150 and you will get a great care package from Akoya featuring our complete discography on CD and vinyl (including an autographed copy of our new album), Akoya concert tickets, a classy Akoya t-shirt AND a special thanks in our album liner notes. A truly sweet deal. Please scroll down to see the different rewards we are offering. Your generosity is deeply appreciated... we can do this!

Also, please click the "updates" tab for a preview of the music we're working on for the new album. Thanks a lot!

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    ALL the rewards that you get for donating $100 + LANGUAGE OF AFROBEAT lesson (a workshop in Pidgin English & the musical concepts of Afrobeat-- travel and accommodations will be provided by donor if outside of NYC area/workshop can be done remotely as well)

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