Jake Sollo

Jake Sollo was a Nigerian guitarist who was active during the 1970s and early ’80s. He first recorded for Lagos psych-rock quintet The Hykkers, which released two singles on His Master’s Voice in 1971. This was followed by a lengthy stint in London-based Afro-funk group The Funkees, which recorded numerous singles and two albums over the ensuing half-decade. As that gig ran its course, he did a stint with Afro-rock supergroup Osibisa.

In 1977, Sollo released his first solo album, Coming Home, on EMI. Two years later, he cut an eponymous set for Pye that has since become a Rare Groove classic. In 1981, he produced and played synthesizers and percussion on the album Lovers Song by Nigerian soul-funk band The Stormmers. A third solo album, Boogie Legs, appeared somewhere around this time.

Sollo’s career was abruptly cut short by a fatal car crash in 1985.


  • Coming Home (1977)
  • Jake Sollo (1979)
  • Boogie Legs (?)

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