MUSIC HIGH FIVE: Ese Okorodudu shares Brixton memories

…where we hi-five local musical movers and shakers. We ask five questions to get to know the people who play regularly or contribute in other ways to Brixton’s live music scene. This month it’s the turn of  Ese Okorodudu

Ese Okorodudu, singer and songwriter
Photo: Don Blandford

What do you do and where do you do it?

I’m a singer-songwriter and guitarist for the band Ese & The Vooduu People and also a backing vocalist for Alabama 3. We’re all based in and around Brixton. I perform all over the country with Alabama 3 and mostly in London with my outfit. The furthest afield I’ve performed with my band was last weekend in North Wales at Cerys Matthews’ festival The Good Life Experience.

Favourite memories of playing in Brixton?

My favourite memory of playing in Brixton would be from last year, when we performed at the 414 on Coldharbour Lane (which is now closed), where we filmed and recorded a live version of the title track of my debut album Up In Smoke. Ese & The Vooduu People have also played at The Hootannany, Brixton Jamm, Prince of Wales and The Hand in Hand which has also closed its doors.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I’m currently listening to Sly and the Family Stone’s 1973 album Fresh, Minnie Riperton, who has an incredibly beautiful voice, and Led Zeppelin.

Favourite album of all time and why?

I don’t have a favourite album of all time, but I will say the artist who has inspired me the most is Mr Jimi Hendrix. I love all of his commercial releases. My current favourite album is Fresh by Sly and the Family Stone. I’ve pretty much got it on repeat everyday, but that will probably change soon.

Where can we hear you next?

I’ll be performing at the The Oak in Kingston on Friday 4 October, at The Paxton Centre in Crystal Palace on Saturday 12 October, and The Tabernacle in Notting Hill on Sunday 20 October in the evening. The last gig is in aid of an anti-knife crime charity, see: