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Nigeria 70: Box Set
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT216LPB
Release Date
January 4, 2020

Strut present an exclusive new box set bringing together the complete groundbreaking Nigeria 70 series. Comprising 9 LPs and featuring all 4 volumes, the set also features a 24 page 12-inch-size booklet featuring previously unpublished interviews with artists and figures from Nigeria’s 1970s music scene alongside 7 thick card collector 12” prints of original ‘70s Nigerian album sleeves and a download including the full digital series and original Nigeria 70 audio documentary, narrated by Wunmi.

Originally released in 2001, Nigeria 70 was the first compilation of its kind to explore in depth the fertile music scene in Lagos as domestic artists mixed highlife and traditional rhythms with soul, funk, rock and jazz. While Western audiences were already familiar with Fela Kuti and his life story, the album placed the spotlight on some of the other great musicians and bandleaders in Nigeria during the ‘70s period: Joni Haastrup, Peter King, Segun Bucknor, Bala Miller, Blo, King Sunny Ade, Tunji Oyelana and many more. Three further volumes followed, exploring the far corners of original Afrobeat, juju, funk and soul.

This new box set is the definitive edition for all lovers of original Nigerian sounds. The booklet features all unseen photos from the original Nigeria 70 research trip in Lagos in 2000 along with transcripts of all of the interviews conducted with artists, producers and industry figures, many of whom have sadly since passed away. Contributors include Segun Bucknor, Harry Mosco (The Funkees), Tunde Kuboye (Afro Collection), Ginger Baker, Ebenezer Obey, journalist Benson Idonije, Elder Steve Rhodes and Ray Njoku (Arc Studios). The exclusive 12” prints include original sleeve artwork from Segun Bucknor, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Bala Miller and Sahara All Stars Jos.

The Nigeria 70 series is curated by Duncan Brooker, Quinton Scott and Kayode Samuel with artist interviews by Sue Bowerman. Lagos connections courtesy of Laolu Akins (Blo). The series was fully remastered by The Carvery.

Deluxe hardboard box set including 9 LPs (all 4 volumes), 24-page 12” booklet featuring artist interviews and unseen photos and 7 x collector 12” cards featuring original sleeve artwork.

Limited Edition Product

Vol. 1: The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos

A1 ORLANDO JULIUS & HIS AFRO SOUNDERS – ALO MI ALO (Parts 1 & 2) 8.02
A2 SEGUN BUCKNOR & HIS REVOLUTION – LA LA LA 3.33
A3 LIJADU SISTERS – ORERE ELEJIGBO 4.12

B1 PETER KING – SHANGO 5.49
B2 SAHARA ALL STARS BAND JOS – ENJOY YOURSELF 5.10

C1 FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI & AFRICA 70 – JEUN KO KU (CHOP N QUENCH) 7.15
C2 TUNJI OYELANA & THE BENDERS – IFA 5.11
C3 OFO THE BLACK COMPANY – ALLAH WAKBARR 3.30

D1 THE FUNKEES – DANCING TIME 3.28
D2 MONOMONO – TIRE LOMA DA NIGBEHIN 4.46
D3 BALA MILLER & THE GREAT MUSIC PYRAMEEDS OF AFRIKA – IKON ALLAH 5.44

E1 SIR VICTOR UWAIFO & HIS MELODY MAESTROES – AKAYAN EKASSA 3.11
E2 SHINA WILLIAMS & HIS AFRICAN PERCUSSIONISTS – AGBOJU LOGUN 10.07

F1 GASPER LAWAL – KITA KITA 6.05
F2 KING SUNNY ADE & HIS AFRICAN BEATS – JA FUN MI (Instrumental) 7.16

Vol. 2: Lagos Jump

A1 BOLA JOHNSON & HIS EASY LIFE TOP BEATS – EZUKU BUZO 2.55
A2 IFY JERRY KRUSADE – EVERYBODY LIKES SOMETHING GOOD 3.29
A3 SIR SHINA PETERS AND HIS INTERNATIONAL STARS – YABIS 6.59
A4 OLUFEMI AJASA AND HIS NEW NIGERIAN BROS – AIYE LE 3.07

B1 ASHANTI AFRIKA JAH – ONYAME 4.56
B2 SIR VICTOR UWAIFO & HIS MELODY MAESTROES – DODODO (EKASSA No. 1) 5.18
B3 PEACOCKS GUITAR BAND – EDDIE QUANSA 4.24
B4 REX WILLIAMS – YOU ARE MY HEART 3.15

C1 PETER KING – AFRICAN DIALECTS 4.58
C2 CHIEF CHECKER – IRE AFRICA 5.41
C3 EDDIE OKWEDY – HAPPY SURVIVAL 3.08

D1 TONY TETE HARBOR AND THE STAR HEATERS OF NIGERIA – TETE MUO BU MUO 5.11
D2 ERIC (SHOWBOY) AKAEZE AND HIS ROYAL ERICOS – WETIN DE WATCH GOAT, GOAT DEY WATCHAM 10.10
D3 THE IMMORTALS – HOT TEARS

Vol. 3: Sweet Times

A1. MONEYMAN AND THE SUPER 5 INTERNATIONAL – LIFE 5.57
A2. ALI CHUKWUMAH & HIS PEACE MAKERS INTERNATIONAL – HENRIETTA 4.39
A3. BOLA JOHNSON & HIS EASY LIFE TOP BEATS – E MA S’EKA 3.20

B1. DR VICTOR OLAIYA’S INTERNATIONAL ALL-STARS – KINRINGJINGBIN 4.28
B2. ZEAL ONYIA & HIS MUSIC – IDEGBANI 6.04
B3. SINA BAKARE – INU MIMO 5.18

C1. EJI OYEWOLE – UNITY IN AFRICA 8.04
C2. TUNDE MABADU – VIVA DISCO (Instrumental) 5.39
C3. THE DON ISAAC EZEKIEL COMBINATION – IRE

D1. ETUBOM REX WILLIAMS & HIS NIGERIAN ARTISTES – AMA MBRE EWA 5.37
D2. SOKI OHALE’S UZZI – BISI’S BEAT 5.17
D3. CHIEF COMMANDER EBENEZER OBEY & HIS INTERNATIONAL BROTHERS – A4.6JOYIO 6.55

Vol. 4: No Wahala

A1 ODEYEMI – ONI SURU 5.27
A2 PRINCE NICO MBARGA & ROCAFIL JAZZ – SICKNESS 7.40
A3 OSAYOMORE JOSEPH & THE CREATIVE 7 – OBONOGBOZU 6.50

B1 FELIXSON NGASIA & THE SURVIVALS – BLACK PRECIOUS COLOUR 7.11
B2 SINA BAKARE – AFRICA 5.31
B3 SAXON LEE & THE SHADOWS INTERNATIONAL – SPECIAL SECRET OF BABY 8.45

C1 INTERNATIONAL BROTHERS BAND – ONUMA DIMNOBI 8.10
C2 DON BRUCE & THE ANGELS – KINUYE 5.50
C3 ETUBOM REX WILLIAMS & HIS NIGERIAN ARTISTES – PSYCHEDELIC SHOES 6.17

D1 ROGANA OTTAH & HIS BLACK HEROES INT. - LET THEM SAY 8.48
D2 SIR VICTOR UWAIFO & HIS TITIBITIS – IZIEGBE (EKASSA No. 70) 7.17
D3 M.A. JAIYESIMI & HIS CRESCENT BROS BAND – MUNDIYA LOJU 3.03

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