Solomon Ilori

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Solomon Ilori
Genres Highlife
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, percussionist, choreographer and dancer
Instruments African drums, including talking drum, pennywhistle, guitar
Years active 1958-present
Labels Blue Note
Associated acts Art Blakey, Harry Belafonte, Chief Bey, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela

Solomon Gbadegesin Ilori (born c. 1934) is a Nigerian drummer and percussionist who moved to New York City in 1958 and collaborated with jazz artists such as Art Blakey and Harry Belafonte before recording his debut album for Blue Note Records in 1963.[1]


Solomon Gbadegesin Ilori was born in Nigeria into a musical family, and as a child learned to play the drums, guitar and flute.[2] He moved to the US in 1958.


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As sideman[edit]

With Art Blakey


  1. ^ May, C. African High Life All About Jazz Review accessed January 31, 2011
  2. ^ "Solomon Ilori", Keep (It) Swinging, July 19, 2007.