Koichi Sakai is a Tokyo born, London based DJ, producer and musician who is widely recognised for his highly developed & unique style, which reflects the varied influences that have continuously informed his creativity and career. His musical style is soulful, jazzy and percussive; playing a distinctive and smooth mix of soul, jazz, funk, reggae, Latin, afrobeat and deep house.
Sakai has been the resident DJ for Afrobeat Vibration since co-founding in 2008, with Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 keyboardistDele Sosimi, and “Saluting the Black President”, the annual celebration of the legacy of afrobeat, curated by Fela’s former manager Rikki Stein since 2013. Sakai has also remixed Dele Sosimi’s “Too Much Information”.
Sakai has a project called Afrobuddha with fellow DJ/producer Kay Suzuki. They have released two 12” vinyl singles and together, have hosted a number of shows on NTS Radio and appeared on Boiler Room.
This year sees the release of Sakai’s debut solo album, Wono, featuring the Ghanaian percussionist and singer Afla Sackey proceeded by an EP of the same name, featuring dancefloor cut ‘Jingo’, a fresh take on Babatunde Olatunji’s original, and remixes of title track “Wono” from Yoruba Soul (Osunlade) and Venezuelan producer, Carlos Pocz.