Nigeria 70 (No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987)

£21.99
Strut ‎
STRUT197LP
Format: 
LP

As part of their 20 th Anniversary celebrations, Strut present the first new volume in their pioneering ‘Nigeria 70’ series for over 8 years, bringing together rare highlife, Afro-funk and juju from the ‘70s and early ‘80s. Compiled by collector and DJ Duncan Brooker, this new selection of tracks is receiving its first international release outside of Nigeria. 

The compilation returns to a fertile heyday in Nigerian music when established styles like highlife and juju became infused with elements of Western jazz, soul and funk and musicians brought a proud new message post-independence. Brooker places the spotlight particularly on some of the incredible Ukwuani musicians from the Delta State region as guitarist Rogana Ottah and Steady Arobby’s International Brothers Band forged their own fluid brand of highlife and soulman Don Bruce drew on the US R&B greats for a series of great albums and explosive stage shows at his residency at Hilton Hotel in Abuja. 

Elsewhere, the album explores the close connection between Nigeria and Benin’s music, most famously through Sir Victor Uwaifo, appearing here with a killer mid-‘80s ekassa jam, as well as highlife hitmaker Osayamore Joseph on ‘Obonogbozu’ (Joseph made headlines in Nigeria for very different reasons in 2017, surviving a one month kidnapping ordeal).

Tracklisting: 
Odeyemi - Oni Suru
Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz - Sickness
Felixson Ngasia & The Survivals - Black Precious Colour
Sina Bakare - Africa
Saxon Lee And The Shadows International - Special Secret of Baby
Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7 - Obonogbozu
International Brothers Band - Onuma Dimnobi
Don Bruce And The Angels - Kinuye
Rogana Ottah & His Black Heroes Int. - Let Them Say
Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - Psychedelic Shoes
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Titibitis - Iziegbe (Ekassa No. 70)
M.A. Jaiyesimi & His Crescent Bros Band - Mundiya Loju