Ijebu Pleasure Club

Ijebu Pleasure Club takes you to Nigeria in 1987, where a small town Afrobeat band have just been told they need to play American top 40 hits to keep their nightclub gig. They don’t own any of the records, but they’re going to give it a try.

Mashing up the music you remember (and some that’s best forgotten) with the Nigerian funk style of Fela Kuti, and about a dozen musicians, this band will surprise and delight. But mostly, get you shaking it.

Ijebu Pleasure Club will show you that all pop music comes from mother-Africa. 


Introducing singer Nuel Nonso Nwachukwu, Ijebu Pleasure Club pulls together a good-sized bunch of exceptionally hungry funk, soul, and jazz musicians, who have collectively played, toured and recorded with the likes of Homebrew, Hollie Smith, Katchafire, The Hot Grits, Solaa, Kolab, dDub, and the Ngaruawahia High School Big Band. Yep, THE Ngaruawahia High School Big Band. 

With a huge horn section, and tight grooving rhythms, the ensemble packs a punch. Ijebu Pleasure Club are equally at home on large outdoor stages, and tiny clubs with packed dance-floors. 

Ijebu Pleasure Club will field a team of around 10-12 musicians depending on the gig, featuring: 

Nuel Nonso Nwachukwu - vocals
Ben McNicoll - baritone sax / bandleader
Sean Martin-Buss - trumpet / keys
Jono Tan - trombone
Shaun O'Kane - tenor sax
Owen Johnston - tenor sax

Joel Vinsen - guitar
Michael Howell - guitar
Kurt Dyer - percussion
Mostyn Cole - bass
Adam Tobeck - drums
And frequent guests...  

History & Experience

Ijebu Pleasure Club have performed at the following venues and festivals
since forming in 2016: 


  • Splore

  • Auckland Festival

  • World Masters Games

  • Summer in The Square

  • Music in Parks

  • Paradox Street Art Festival, Tauranga

  • Silo Park


  • The Golden Dawn (monthly residency)

  • Neck of The Woods

  • The Kings Arms

  • Cassette Nine (Wuk it Up, and Lost Vegas nights)

  • The Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei

  • Leigh Sawmill Cafe

  • The Rising Tide, Tauranga