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Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT197
Release Date
28 March 2019
  • Vinyl, 2×LP

    $23.99
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    2xLP 180gr. gatefold vinyl album.

    2LP Tracklisting:

    A1 ODEYEMI – ONI SURU
    A2 PRINCE NICO MBARGA & ROCAFIL JAZZ – SICKNESS
    A3 OSAYOMORE JOSEPH & THE CREATIVE 7 – OBONOGBOZU
    B1 FELIXSON NGASIA & THE SURVIVALS – BLACK PRECIOUS COLOUR
    B2 SINA BAKARE – AFRICA
    B3 SAXON LEE & THE SHADOWS INTERNATIONAL – SPECIAL SECRET OF BABY
    C1 INTERNATIONAL BROTHERS BAND – ONUMA DIMNOBI
    C2 DON BRUCE & THE ANGELS – KINUYE
    C3 ETUBOM REX WILLIAMS & HIS NIGERIAN ARTISTES – PSYCHEDELIC SHOES
    D1 ROGANA OTTAH & HIS BLACK HEROES INT. - LET THEM SAY
    D2 SIR VICTOR UWAIFO & HIS TITIBITIS – IZIEGBE (EKASSA No. 70)
    D3 M.A. JAIYESIMI & HIS CRESCENT BROS BAND – MUNDIYA LOJU

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  • CD

    $13.49
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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).

Other tracks include ‘Sickness’ a 1979 lament on how all countries share troubles by Prince Nico Mbarga, the Nigerian / Camerounian star behind the smash hit ‘Sweet Mother’; reggae singer Felixson Ngasia switches to funk and disco for a heavy workout with potent lyrics around black identity; another major highlife great Etubom Rex Williams unleashes a punchy psych funk gem with ‘Psychedelic Shoes’ and Africa 70 member Pax Nicholas vocals a simmering Afrobeat groove from Jacob Lee’s Saxon Lee & The Shadows International Band.‘Nigeria 70: No Wahala’ iis released on 29 th March 2019 on CD, 2LP and digital. All tracks have been restored by See Why Audio and mastered by The Carvery. The package features comprehensive sleeve notes including exclusive interviews with some of the original artists.

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  1. 1 Oni Suru 5:26 Various Artists Buy
  2. 2 Sickness 7:40 Various Artists Buy
  3. 3 Black Precious Colour 7:10 Various Artists Buy
  4. 4 Africa 5:28 Various Artists Buy
  5. 5 Special Secret Of Baby 8:44 Various Artists Buy
  6. 6 Obonogbozu 6:49 Various Artists Buy
  7. 7 Onuma Dimnobi 8:16 Various Artists Buy
  8. 8 Kinuye 5:49 Various Artists Buy
  9. 9 Let Them Say 8:47 Various Artists Buy
  10. 10 Psychedelic Shoes 6:15 Various Artists Buy
  11. 11 Iziegbe (Ekassa No. 70) 7:13 Various Artists Buy
  12. 12 Mundiya Loju 3:03 Various Artists Buy
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