Alain Dodji Apaloo

Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2016. Apaloo/ Britan/ Ayi/ Spang med blandt andre Ayi Solomon – Percussion, Alain Apaloo – Akustisk & Elektrisk Guitar og Mariane Bitran – Fløjte i Huset KBH 5.juli 2016. Photo © Torben Christensen @ Copenhagen

Alain Apaloo, started from childhood playing traditional drums in traditional african music ensembles in his home country in Togo. Alain began to play guitar early with the legendary Togolese blues singer, Jimmy Hope then in Ghana with Kwame Yeboa’s Sakra band. In 1996, Apaloo fell in with Ghana’s leading star, Kojo Antwi, touring extensively throughout Europe and North America.
Since his move to Copenhagen, where he graduated from The Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Alain Apaloo has leaded his own projects: Apaloo’s Solo, Mezzy Slide &The Crew, APT3 and ApiPipo, world music that is inspired by Alain’s African roots and jazz. Especially, this project has been successful with two albums: Nunya guest starring guitar player, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Floodgate, that won the Danish World Music Award of the year 2009. Already in 2007, Alain Apaloo was nominated for Best Danish Blues Album for his Blues record Flying Vision. Since then, Alain Apaloo has been involved in a myriad of musical projects, playing worldwide with among others: Rasmus Lyberth, Ken Lending Blues Band, Paul Banks, Simon Spang-Hanssen, Dan Hemmer, Jacob Dinesen, Ayi Solomon, Sarah da Silva, Bob Rockwell, Willy Jonson, Arnold Ludvig Sextet, Twin Tribe, just to name a few…Alain Apaloo is an artist that can not be ignored! – Politiken, DK