Fiokee on how he became Africa's most in-demand guitarist and the secret to writing guitar parts that connect

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“Afrobeats is all about rhythm - it’s not just about the vocals... it’s music first,” explains Nigerian guitarist Ifiok Effanga, better known as Fiokee. Over the past 10 years, his contributions have been heard on almost three-quarters of the genre’s biggest hits, appearing on over 500 songs and cementing his stature as one of the most highly revered guitar players on the African continent. 

His collaborations have stretched far and wide, from Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade to Simi and Kiss Daniel, though he’s arguably best known for his work with Flavour, one of Nigeria’s biggest stars...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).