Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz. On 17th November 2017, Sly5thAve released his most impressive LP to date - ‘The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre’. The album was first devised as a benefit concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A. which was attended by Dr. Dre who took to the stage to thank Sly5thAve’s arrangements. Sly5thAve went on to refine twenty-three large-ensemble arrangements from the show on this recording which have been met with glowing praise, procuring support from Radio FIP (Selection FIP), radio play from KCRW, Nemone, Lauren Laverne, Craig Charles (BBC 6Music), Jazz FM playlisting, alongside online and print reviews from The Arts Desk, Okayplayer, Earmilk and The Scottish Express.
“Sly5thAve keeps on delivering” - THE FADER
"He's transformed Kendrick Lamar's 'Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe', Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home', and even Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' into lush instrumental versions” - NOISEY
“Tall, gallant and bittersweet, Sly and his ClubCasa Chamber Orchestra once again tease out depth and nuance from pop glitz.” - INDIE SHUFFLE
“He’s evolved from a novice player with a horn to an insightful composer drafting life’s chronicle.” - THE JAZZ TIMES
“Intense and confident. It lands like a big surprise.” - THE MERCURY NEWS
“I’m here to show some support and give the same amount of love that this incredible band has given to me. You sound amazing.” - DR. DRE (THE CALI-LOVE CONCERT)