Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi…
Washington’s famed Go Go Band, Team Familiar has been billed to perform at the second
annual coronation ceremony of the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in Ile-Ife on
Team Familiar’s journey to Nigeria will begin on December 5 th , at the behest of the Pan-
Afrikan Back To The Roots Festival and Ile Ya’ Omo Oodua, which is hosted by the Ooni.
The festival is a celebration of Pan-African music and culture in Diaspora as presented by the House of Oduduwa.
Since 2001, Team Familiar has stamped itself in the Washington, DC region and elsewhere as one of Go Go’s most versatile, creative and visionary bands. Love of Go-Go, and a group of some of the best musicians in the business, has allowed the band to take the music to new levels.
“We’re excited and honored to be performing for the Ooni,” said Team Familiar founder and
band leader Donnell Floyd. “It’s also going to be really cool to be on the continent, see Nigeria and experience some cross-cultural pollination. We’ll be coming full-circle musically so I’m looking forward to exposing those who come to the festival to our brand of African music.”
Team Familiar was invited to West Africa’s most populous country by the Prince, Ayotunde
Adebayo-Isadipe of Ife who saw the band played at a show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in the United States and was amazed. The King invited the band and they will play starting with a show at the palace on Dec. 8. Go-Go Mickey will also participate in an African Drum Circle.
Team Familiar’s chemistry is powered by Go-Go legends. With extraordinary vocal talent, a full horn section, and intense pocket beats, Team Familiar is versatile enough to move from jazz and pop to hip-hop- oriented go-go crank.
Floyd said that musically the band members hope to dig deep into the similarities and parallels of Nigeria music in that region of the country with Go-Go, percussive instruments and call and response.
It is expected that leaders from around the world will be represented at the festival.
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi founded the House of Oduduwa which is the
foundation and umbrella organization for the King’s charitable activities. The foundation’s
mission is to unite Africans in the Diaspora through the Peace and Prosperity Movement.
This includes an annual pilgrimage to Ile-Ife, the source of humanity, to learn more about the black race and to familiarize participants with authentic African culture and traditions.