Groove the Funk is a essential and influencal early Afro–Funk LPs from 1975. The album was released in Nigeria and the whole LP is really something excitingly special, carrying a unique style of fuzz guitar and keyboard with ecstasy rhythms that can be experienced only from the heart of Africa. Nigeria had a rich musical history with a variety of bands that were playing their unique Afro–Funk with incredible rhythms. In ...
Akwassa were among the best Afro–Beat bands coming from Nigeria. They released La’ila in 1975 and were one of the early Nigerian Funk bands to get an album out. They were related to the Heads Funk Band and most members were part of both bands. They managed to release two albums as Akwassa. Their debut La’ila came out on a well known Afro–Beat label Afrodisia Records. Akwassa were originally a duo made of ...
ARIGO, Robo & His Konastone Majesty
Robo Arigo is an extraordinary multi–instrumentalist from Nigeria’s Ogun State. A founding member of Pogo Ltd, he played bass, guitar and organ on both their albums and plays all kinds of instruments, including cowbell, on Sexy Thing too. One listen to the record, however, (and a quick look at the back of the cover), and it’s pretty clear that playing bass is where Robo’s heart lay. Especially when he ...
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.
After starting his musical carrer back in 1968, the Nigerian artist, drummer, singer, multi–instrumentalist and producer STEVE BLACK released his fantastic and unique album "Village Boogie!" in 1979. "Village Boogie!" really deserves the status of a legendary rarity and holy grail for fans of afro funk music. The original album is incredibly rare today and fetches prices of 800, 00 and more USD! On this ...
’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.
In the early 1980s, Nigerian was booming and recording studios used the oil money sloshing around to fit their studios with the latest state–of–the–art recording equipment. With the equipment came a new, slicker sound and a new breed of producers like Lemmy Jackson, Jake Sollo, Tony Okoroji and Nkono Teles who became bigger stars than the musicians they recorded. Such was the fate of Sony Enang with Don’t ...
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 ...