Monday, July 28, 2008

Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6


I just got this compilation, and it's definitely worth checking out. Rough and rugged Nigerian funk, and heavy blends of influence from all over. Here are 4 out of the 20something songs that I especially like.
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Nigeria, 1970. Highlife, Afro-beat, Rock, Jazz & Native Blues rub shoulders and are turned out at an unprecedented level. New styles meet old styles. Newfound national confidence follows the near break-up of the nation following the Biafran war. New fashions meet old fashions, creating new fusions. 5 years in the making, Soundway present 26 original and previously un-reissued tracks from the time. Obscure A-sides, B-sides & album cuts that have resisted a second look until now.

Soundway records label boss and compiler Miles Cleret spent five years working on this compilation (and the upcoming planned spin-off compilations)– travelling to Nigeria, interviewing musicians, label owners and distributors - tracking down the forgotten sounds of ‘70s Nigeria in dusty warehouses, studios and markets.

2 comments:

Nigeria Special Series Fansite said...

Thanks for +vr review

If anyone wants to find out more about the other releases in the Nigeria Special Series ( Disco Funk / Rock ) then try this http://nigeriaspecial.info

Best wishes

Timjim

babaluma said...

word, mr. b! thanks for your nice comment in my blog! yours is definitely a place to be visited regularly, even though i'm not really into field recordings, but it's good music we seek. i'll be digging your blog.
by the way, nigeria rocks, for sure they've been producing some dope stuff, this one's been added to my must-have-list, thanks to your post.
best,
babaluma