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.
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.