AHANOTU, Adolf (Dr.)
At a time when bandleaders in Nigeria used titles as an affectation, Dr. Adolf Ahanotu was the real deal. He had a PhD in music compilation and Master’s degrees in education and communication. He also played a mean tenor sax, an instrument he mastered touring Owerri with the Mirabels. Ahanotu’s scholarly background is apparent in the impeccable arrangements and the way each track is labelled with its musical type. The ...
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.
’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.
The Guelewar Band of Banjul are a band quite unlike any other – an explosive mix of soul and funk with local rhythms like Boogaraboo and Ndaga combined with a defiant insistence on singing in their local language, Wolof. They certainly blew a young Youssou N’dour away. He cites them as his biggest influence. Warteef Jigeen marks the point the band found its groove. The title track sets the tone early with parping horns ...
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 ...
HEADS FUNK BAND
The self–proclaimed funkiest band on the west coast of Africa, the Heads Funk Band, could arguably make that claim for the whole continent. Featuring the slick guitar of Felix ’Feladey’ Odey, the slinky drumming of Eddie Offeyi and the swirling keyboard chops of Kevin ’Fortune’ Coburn, nobody was funkier. And that’s not even taking into account the dance floor monsters they were releasing at ...
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 ...
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, ...
Before he was Nigeria’s self–proclaimed Mr Lover Boy, Felix Lebarty was an upcoming musician in the country’s Edo–Delta region. His big brother, Aigbe, was a legendary Highlife bandleader, but Felix paid his dues playing guitar with Thony Shorby Nwenyi and the Collection of Stars, along with fellow ’star’ Mighty Flames bassist, Willy Nfor. Perversely, Girls For Sale was released after Lover ...