photo by Martyn Goodacre
We were saddened to hear of the death of music journalist Dele Fadele.
It emerged that Dele had died in 2018 and the sad news has only just got to everyone here. Originally from Nigeria, Dele was living in London in the late eighties where he cut a fantastically eccentric figure for more than a decade on the then circuit of dive bars, venues, record shops, Camden streets and music hot spots.
Every time I went to London he always seemed to be everywhere with his famous plastic bag full of review copies of records to sell to keep a roof over his head. That plastic bag went everywhere with him and so did his gorgeous smile. A smile that was full of life and was infectious and entwined with his distinctive drawl and electric enthusiasm and passion. He even had his own band Welfare Heroin who released two House/Dance/Synth style singles ‘Cry Blood’, and ‘Starve The Eagle’ via Non Fiction Records in 1990 and 1991 respectively.
His deep love of music was hypnotic.. we would spend hours talking about noise rock, hip hop and afrobeat – he was incredibly clued up on a myriad of musical styles and was a completely switched on and inspiring presence.
God bless you sir….