VARIOUS - THE BEST OF JICCO FUNK, VOL. 1

VARIOUS - THE BEST OF JICCO FUNK, VOL. 1

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: DIG THIS WAY

Release date: 12/02/2020

Barcode: 2090504883702

Catalog no.: DTW0000006

Item ID: 488370

Possibly the best thing a compilation can do is open the door to a world of music that aside from being unknown to you, is high grade in quality, diverse and open to interpretation in as much as you are left with some if not many questions... particularly when the selected tracks are all from the same record label... When did they start? Why did they start? Who was behind it? Where did the artists come from? What was their inspiration? These are only a few... by the time you get to the end of the eight tracks included on 'Jicco Funk Volume One' there may be more. Some background or at least as much as we know: in the early 1970s thru to the '90s, Onitcha was one of Nigeria's most important cities sat on the banks of the river Niger about half way between Benin City and Enugu. Aside from the commerce Onitcha was also an important centre for music production, live music thrived and in turn the city had a nightlife which embraced music. It's where labels like Tabansi and many other smaller companies had their headquarters. It's where in the late '60s, the label Jicco was established, an enterprise which would commercialize Kenyan and Congolese music in Nigeria. By the mid to late '70s Jicco opened itself to new projects, launching a number of sub-labels, from Vox Africa to Guy, more specialized in highlife, native and soukous music to Jicco Funk which was producing small local groups playing reggae, rock and funk. Dig This Way realised they had found something special after discovering the first few releases on Jicco Funk. It's less about a particular style of music and more about a raw emotive production quality that runs through each of the records. There is a mood and feel to the delivery that expresses a consciousness that's rooted in a deep soul. The origins of which with hindsight would be near impossible to determine. It's known that many of the records were produced at the same studio. There are a number of musicians who appear on more than one record. Following an extended period collecting music from the label including a number of months in Nigeria trying to trace family and friends of former band members including the Jicco family, Dig This Way decided to produce a compilation highlighting some of the near unknown music released by Jicco Funk. On the first volume in the series the focus is reggae and funk, particularly the intersection where the two genres converge as a hybrid production that at times is neither one nor the other. Limited to 500 copies.
SIDE 1:
1. Jah Children - Givin' Love To Your Fellow Men
2. The Combats - Rock On
3. Black Gold - I Want You
4. Freedom Family - Africa My Father
SIDE 2:
1. The Combats - Let's Get Together
2. The Sea-Men International - Satan Don Come Across
3. Felix Lebarty - Port Harcourt Girls
4. Jimmy Sky - World Need Peace

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