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 with the former Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 keyboardist Dele Sosimi since November 2008 and the Saluting the Black President, the annual celebration of the legacy of afrobeat curated by the former Fela’s manager Rikki Stein since 2013. Sakai did the remix for Dele Sosimi’s “Too Much Information” that is available on digital.
Also, Sakai has a project called Afrobuddha with his fellow DJ/Producer Kay Suzuki. They have released 2 x 12” vinyl singles and broadcasted a number of shows on NTS radio, and an appearance on Boiler Room.
Currently, Sakai has finished his solo album Wono featuring the Ghanaian percussionist and singer Afla Sackey. It will be out late 2019.