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ENANG, SONY - DON'T STOP THE MUSIC

ENANG, SONY - DON'T STOP THE MUSIC

Sony Enang was no ordinary musician. As a keyboard player and vocalist with The Founders, he'd recorded some of the most seminal albums to come out of Eastern Nigeria. But this album is best known for being produced by Jake Sollo and featuring the song, 'Discolypso', that ... read more »

 

FOUNDARS 15 - CO-OPERATION

FOUNDARS 15 - CO-OPERATION

Originally released in 1977 and featuring psychedelic vibes a plenty, 'Co-operation' is widely regarded as one of the great Afro-funk rock albums of all time. Now that album is reissued on CD.

 

FRIIMEN MUSIK COMPANY - WE CAN GET IT ON

FRIIMEN MUSIK COMPANY - WE CAN GET IT ON

By the mid 1970s in Nigeria, the Biafran War was a distant memory and the music scene in the eastern city of Aba was booming again. Bands such as The Funkees, The Wings and The Apostles grabbed the headlines, but the more interesting stuff was coming from smaller groups ... read more »

 

FUNKEES - NOW I'M A MAN

FUNKEES - NOW I'M A MAN

Formed after the Biafran War to raise spirits in the east, this Nigerian band quickly conquered the dance floors of Lagos and then, in 1973, headed for London to tear up the local scene. 'Now Im A Man' captures the band at the height of its London-era pomp. Africans were ... read more »

 

GOLDFINGER DOE & B.M.S. - LET'S DANCE TOGETHER

GOLDFINGER DOE & B.M.S. - LET'S DANCE TOGETHER

William Onyeabor wasn't the only Nigerian experimenting with synthesizers in the '70s and '80s. Goldfinger Doe was twiddling knobs too, no more so than on 1979's 'Let's Dance Together', a prime slab of cosmic Afro boogie funk, recorded with legendary percussionist Mike Umoh ... read more »

 

GUELEWAR BAND OF BANJUL - WARTEEF JIGGEN

At last, here's a reissue of the third album by the Guelewar Band Of Banjul, a group that presented a new approach to the traditional Sene-Gambian music, known today as the Afro-Manding-Sound. The album was first released by the French Discafrique label in 1981. An ... read more »

 

GYAN, KIKI - FEELIN' ALRIGHT

GYAN, KIKI - FEELIN' ALRIGHT

Kiki Gyan's star didn't burn long, but it burned bright. Drafted into the Afro funk super group Osibisa at age 15, he was millionaire by 18 and regarded as one of the best keyboardists in the world by 21. In 1983 he dived head first into the New York party scene. He took a ... read more »

 

HEADS FUNK - COLD FIRE

HEADS FUNK - COLD FIRE

This superb Afro-beat, funk and psych-rock album, originally released by EMI Nigeria in 1976, sees a deserved reissue. 'Cold Fire' was the second album under the flag of the Heads Funk Band. Where their first album, 'Hard World', was in a hurry to get you on the dance ... read more »

 

HEADS FUNK BAND - HARD WORLD

HEADS FUNK BAND - HARD WORLD

What we have here is uncut, well crafted Afro-funk. Though Heads Funk Band shared members with Akwassa, the two groups co-existed simultaneously, with Felix Day (Feladey) on guitar and Eddie Offeyi on drums. The original founding duo of Akwassa was Felix Day (guitar, ... read more »

 

IFUDU, THEADORA - FIRST TIME OUT

IFUDU, THEADORA - FIRST TIME OUT

Reissue of Nigerian funk/soul album, originally released by Theagart Records in 1978. 'First Time Out' is a cosmic soul transmission from Nigeria's own Diana Ross, Theadora Ifudu. The arty co-host of hit TV program 'The Bar Beach Show' hooked up with the guys from Monomono ... read more »

 

IGIETTEMO, TONY - HOT LIKE FIRE

IGIETTEMO, TONY - HOT LIKE FIRE

Leaning against a wall, his shirt unbuttoned to his navel and cradling a tumbler of something strong and sophisticated, Tony Igiettemo looked every bit the smooth talking '80s gent. When you put 'Hot Like Fire' on the turntable and drop the needle, however, it is ... read more »

 

IGWEBUIKE, IGNA - BOMP

IGWEBUIKE, IGNA - BOMP

Here's a cool reissue of a steaming 1980 funk/soul/disco delivery from Nigerian artist Ignatius 'Igna' Igwebuike (I.G.). A big funky slice of Nigerian cowboy disco magic, 'Bomp' was I.G.'s only album. It's a startling one-off disco boogie classic that was clear in its ... read more »

 

JONES, BERKELY IKE - NATION BUILDING

JONES, BERKELY IKE - NATION BUILDING

'Nation Building' is a real forgotten gem from the late '70s and among the very best Afro-beat disco LP's ever. BLO's founder and guitarist Berkely Ike Jones is one of the icons of the Nigerian rock scene. He also played with many other bands and contributed to f.i. Ofege's ... read more »

 

KANONU, ALEKE - ALEKE

KANONU, ALEKE - ALEKE

After spending much of the '70s humping his congos around New York as a session musician, Nigerian Aleke Kanonu pulled in some favours to record an album of his own. The result was 'Aleke' (1980), a criminally obscure Afrobeat/funk/jazz masterpiece featuring Buddy Williams ... read more »

 

KELENKYE BAND - MOVING WORLD

KELENKYE BAND - MOVING WORLD

Reissued on CD, 1974's 'Moving World' is a holy grail of Ghanaian groove alchemy. The title track and 'Brotherhood Of Man' are hard, grinding funk outings, while 'Jungle Music' has a more soulful groove. There's also a bit of reggae in 'Dracula Dance' and old-skool highlife ... read more »

 

KEMFA, JOE - JUNGLE JUICE

KEMFA, JOE - JUNGLE JUICE

Here's a reissue of a fine funk/soul/disco LP from Nigeria. The album was originally released by Afrodisia Records in 1978. Hailing from Warra in Nigeria's Delta region, Joe Kemfa made his name with The Junkers and the Don Bruce Band. He recorded a few singles with Larry ... read more »

 

LEBARTY, AIGBE - UNITY

LEBARTY, AIGBE - UNITY

In 1979, long-time Highlife veteran Aigbe Lebarty decided to try his hand at high-energy disco funk. Checking the Lebartone Aces at the door, he borrowed the Sex Bombers from Prince Omo Lawal-Osula and created 'Unity', a sure-fire dance floor stomper that channels 'Ring My ... read more »

 

LEBARTY, FELIX - GIRLS FOR SALE

LEBARTY, FELIX - GIRLS FOR SALE

'Girls For Sale' was released after 'Lover Boy', the slick disco album that cemented Felix Lebarty's place in Nigerian music history. It is a collection of tracks Lebarty made early in his career, when his music was rawer and his pickup lines less sophisticated and less ... read more »

 

LEE, JIMI/MONA FINNIH & THE SENSATIONALS - A STROLL IN THE MOONLIGHT

LEE, JIMI/MONA FINNIH & THE SENSATIONALS - A STROLL IN THE MOONLIGHT

Jimi Lee was a Nigerian guitar god, famous for his incendiary lead breaks with Aktion and MonoMono. Mona Finnih was one of Nigeria's first female band leaders who went off to the US and became a big deal in the New Jazz scene there. It should be no surprise then that when ... read more »

 

MAKEBA, MIRIAM - MAMA AFRIKA: EARLY YEARS

MAKEBA, MIRIAM - MAMA AFRIKA: EARLY YEARS

BETTER PRICE! Featuring recordings that date back to the early '60s, this LP collects some of the brilliant early material that launched the South African artist's impressive career.

 

MANSION (NIGERIA) - DEVIL WOMAN

MANSION (NIGERIA) - DEVIL WOMAN

Here's a reissue of a great Afro-funk/rock album with psychedelic leanings by a fine Nigerian band. 'Devil Woman' was originally released by Clover Sound in 1976.

 

MASISI MASS FUNK - I WANT YOU GIRL

A reissue of the sole album (1979) by this groovy Afro-beat, funk and gospel outfit, featuring Ebere Ikoro from the Hygrades. Exciting stuff!

 

MIGHTY FLAMES - METALIK FUNK BAND

Featuring an energetic mixture of Afrobeat, Afroboogie, funk and disco, this 1978 album from Nigeria (originally out on Foss Sound) now at last gets its deserved reissue. The Mighty Flames were a crack bunch of Cameroonian musicians, drawn to Nigeria by the heavy funk ... read more »

 

MILLER, BALA -& THE GREAT MUSIC PIRAMEEDS OF AFRIKA- - PYRAMIDS

'Pyramids' offers a breathtaking fusion of Hausa rhythms, jazz and funk. The album introduced Hausa rhythms and stories to the other regions of Nigeria. The LP was originally released by Afrodisia Records in 1979.

 

MOKS, JOE - BOYS AND GIRLS

MOKS, JOE - BOYS AND GIRLS

Spotted by EMI Nigeria's legendary producer Odion Iruoje, and nurtured by his protege Alex Tony Okoroji, Joe Moks (a.k.a. Josephine Mokwunyei) pioneered a wonky, hi-tech style of funk that would become the sound of '80s Nigeria. Her 1979 album 'Boys And Girls' is brash, ... read more »

 


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