BETA YAMA GROUP, The
’Free Love’, the 1980 full–length by Nigeria’s Beta Yama Group, offers an entertaining and exciting mixture of Afrobeat, Afroboogie, psych, funk, reggae and soul. The album was originally released by Skylark Records and is now available as a fine reissue.
’Happy Birthday To ’U’’, the sophomore album by Nigerian artist Steve Black, contains a remarkable blend of Afrobeat, reggae, funk, electronic music and highlife. It was originally released by Dudu Associates in 1983 and now here’s a nice reissue!
Originally released by the Nigerian branch of Polydor in 1979, ’Roverman’ by Emma Dorgu is a fine record that blends Afrobeat, funk and disco. You probably won’t find an original copy in the record store ’round the corner, so here’s a fine reissue.
Originally released in Nigeria (by Top Records) in 1983 and now reissued for the rest of the world, this is a smooth African disco/soul/funk album.
HEADS FUNK BAND
Hard World is the first of three albums released by Heads Funk Band and it’s one of the most rare LPs coming from Nigeria. What we have here is a pure, well crafted Afro–Funk. Heads Funk Band is related to Akwassa, where both are two exceptional bands with the same members, but co–existed simultaneously featuring Felix Odey (Feladey) on guitar and Eddie Offeyi on drums. The original forming duo of Akwassa was ...
Leaning against a wall, his shirt unbuttoned to his navel and cradling a tumbler of something strong and sophisticated, Tony Igiettemo looks every bit the smooth talking 80s gent. When you put Hot Like Fire on the turntable and drop the needle, however, it is immediately clear that Smooth Tony is also a little bit freaky. Sirens, slap bass, squelchy synths and a titchy high hat that just won’t give up, Hot Like Fire is ...
JONES, Berkely Ike
Nation Building is a real forgotten gem from the late ’70s and is among the very best Afro–Beat Disco Lps ever. Berkely Ike Jones is one of the icons of the Nigerian scene being the guitarist and founder of BLO (forthcoming on PMG). BLO were one of the very best progressive bands from Nigeria and managed to release several albums for EMI (Nigeria) and Afrodisia Records. BLO are definitely a ground–breaking band, ...
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, a criminally obscure Afrobeat/Funk/Jazz masterpiece featuring Buddy Williams on drums, George Davis on guitar and a cameo from Wynton Marsalis on flugelhorn. There are only four tracks on the album but they are all killers. N’Gwode ...
In 1974, a brash young designer called Augustus Kerry Taylor had an idea. He’d gather together the hottest musicians in Ghana and record an album of the heaviest and funkiest sounds coming out of America. And this time, he wouldn’t just design the cover, like he’d done with Fela Kuti, he’d even release it on his new label, Emporium, as well. Local Accra legends Joe Wellington, Jagger Botchway, Leslie ...
She is one of the most significant and eminent figures from the Croatian music scene, and her career already goes for nearly 60 years. By the age of 13 Zdenka started being a professional singer with the duo Hani" and later on she took a trip through the worldwide pop music scene, until her return to Croatia. By 1978 she was ready to release her first solo album, which is impossible to find and now fetches prices of 300, ...
With the Super Wings in mutiny and a trail for the manslaughter of his former bandmate, Spuds Nathan, still hanging over his head, Manford Best came out swinging with Come Go With Me. It’s a chirpy, calypso–influenced insight into the state of his mind and his first solo album. Recorded at Godiac Studios with the guys from Rock Town Express and a few of the Super Wings, Come Go With Me was the first album recorded ...
The eastern Nigerian city of Calabar in Cross River State was colloquially known as Canaan City – a place of lush landscapes, alluring women and delicious cooking. When the Biafra War ended it became a land of milk and honey for bands as well, with jumping venues like the Taj Mahal and Luna Nite Club and a label called Clover, set up local entrepreneur Ben Okonkwo, releasing albums by bands like The Doves, The Visitors, ...
This was more a project than an actual band formed by German jazz drum legend Klaus Weiss. He formerly worked with another jazz legend from his mother country, Klaus Doldinger and gained some fame in the German jazz circuit of the 60s and 70s. His 1971 works with NIAGARA was the offspring of the vision to create an orchestra made entirely of drummers and percussionists. Despite the fact that there is definitely no regular melody ...
Christa Päffgen aka Nico has been a femme fatale extraordinaire, a woman always searching for and always running from something. She began her career as a model and actress but soon got addicted to music and all kinds of unhealthy relievers for her spiritual pain which in the end caused a bad health and helped to generate the circumstances for her untimely death at the age of 50 in 1988. A few months prior to her passing due to a ...