Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock And Fuzz Funk In 1970s Nigeria

01.Ofege — Adieu
02.The Action 13 — More Bread to the People
03.The Hygrades — In the Jungle (Instrumental)
04.The Wings — Odenigbo
05.Ofo the Black Company — Eniaro
06.The Elcados — Ku Mi Da Hankan
07.Mono Mono — Kenimania
08.Tabukah X — Finger Toe
09.The Funkees — Acid Rock
10.Colomach — Cotocun Gba Gounke
11.Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound — Another Man's Thing
12.Question Mark — Freaking Out
13.Original Wings — Igba Alusi
14.Tunji Oyelana — Omoba D'Eru Ri
15.BLO — Chant to Mother Earth

This is the third and final installment in the excellent Sound Way Records' essential trilogy of 1970s Nigerian sounds: first we had hi-life, then disco and boogie, and now we have the complete picture with this third volume focusing on afro-rock and funk! As you would expect from Sound Way, this is an absolutely brilliant compilation that showcases the flowering of the afro-rock sound in Nigeria as the influence of US acts like Jimi Hendrix and Santana started to seep into the mainly soul-based sets of a handful of young bands. Some of the musicians from these bands were picked up by Cream's Ginger Baker when he visited Nigeria in 1970 and accompanied him on a tour of Europe and America - this experience exposed these young players to the betaing heart of the inner-world of progressive and psychedelic rock at its peak, and so these musicians were able to return to Nigeria full of inspiration. The resultant Afro Rock craze hit the students and young night clubbers of Nigeria hard as fuzz-heavy guitars were fused with heavy African rhythms, taking the African and Afro-Latin influences behind the US rockers back home to the source! Highly recommended!


marram62 said...


Eegah!! and Tabonga! said...

I thought I died and went to heaven, but I was just really at your blog!

marram62 said...

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Adrien said...

Hey !

Heavy stuff !!
It's good to hear things not coming from "The West"...It's like they call it "World Music"...Come on just because you can't name the music's style you call it World Music(I'm talking about the music industry not you ;))...

Anyway many thanks Bro !!

Peace from France !

Musical Socrates said...

Great stuff, thanks.