Valentijn Bannier (Guitar), Otto van der Wotto (Drums), Daniël Schotsborg (Bass), Alexander van Popta (Keyboards), Itai Weissman (Saxophone), Steven Brezet (Percussion)
Afrobeat jazz-funk from Amsterdam. Signed to Dox Records. Releases to date include Koffie. Ft. Nassan Silva Lopes and Eh Lady.
With influences including Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Budos Band, The Roots, James Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miles Davis, the music of KOFFIE can be summarised as a mixture of Afrobeat, jazz and 1970s funk. "KOFFIE came about after Fela Kuti opened our ears", says drummer Otto van der Wotto. Fela’s full sound and wonderful grooves formed the kick for these boys to dive into Afrobeat.
KOFFIE played many festivals in 2012, with highlights such as Oerol, Dunya andRoots Festival Amsterdam. Meanwhile the seven KOFFIE musicians recorded their first album in cooperation with vocalist Nassan Silva Lopes. When it came to the songwriting, KOFFIE was not only inspired by Afrobeat but also by Nassan Silvan Lopes who brought in many traditional rhythms and melodies from his native Guinea-Bissau (West Africa).