Who was Feluké? To most people, he was a percussionist, for that is where he staked his claim. But percussion, deeply rooted in his spirit, was only the gateway to the music that made the man. The name Feluké was adapted from a Nigerian name meaning “placed in God’s hands”. And as he was placed in those hands, so was music placed in his own. Feluké was music.
Like many great musicians, Feluké hailed from the famous Alpha Boys’ School in Jamaica. With his training in multiple instruments, he first used his talent to become a Master Percussionist, but then went on to establish himself as a composer, songwriter, producer and singer. His musical genius was displayed in the beautiful multi-textured spectrum of his creations. From childhood, Feluké knew what he wanted to be, what he had to be, and he set out on that journey to find his place in music.
Already an accomplished and respected musician, Feluké was reborn as an artiste, with music that mixed reggae, jazz, pop, R&B and various other musical genres to create a synthesis as unique as he was.
This young man toured half the world with Jimmy Cliff, Luciano, and others, gaining much experience and knowledge of global audiences, appearing in a number of international festivals such as Rotodam, Reggae Sumfest and Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, to name a few. He also performed on albums for Grammy winners Stephen (specifically both the Grammy-winning albums, Mind Control (Acoustic) and The Revelation Pt. 1) and Damian Marley, and for many other artistes as well. Finally, he took the stage for himself and his audience.
With his percussive rhythms, telling lyrics, and energetic performance, Feluké was a real musical force that could not be ignored or denied!
Sadly, after multiple bouts with cancer, Feluké left this world in September 2020.