Showing posts with label nigerian music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nigerian music. Show all posts

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe ‎– Ndi Ochongonoko

There really isn't much I could say that would do this beautiful music and this phenomenal artist justice.  I just don't have the words to describe the feelings of serenity these songs foster in me.  Hopefully that is enough of an incentive for you to check out this beautiful album. And then if you are similarly struck, maybe you'll check out the other Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe LPs posted here at Snap, Crackle & Pop, and elsewhere around the internet.  You might even nurture a little obsession like the one I've had this past few years.

By way of a taste, here is a wonderful live performance from the Chief's Nigerian TV show:


01         Ndi Ochongonoko    
02         Yoba Chukwu    
03         Nnwa Dinkpa    
04         Uwa Ebuka 

Get it HERE.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Admiral Dele Abiodun & His Top Hitters International - Ring My Number:Temi Laago (1988)

This chunk of late '80s juju is a bit infectious; the fidgety rhythms propel us at speed through the delightful wash of slide guitars and vocal harmonies. It's raining here in Brighton but this is the sound of summer.


Side 1: Mo Kan'Lekun Oro / Eni Kanju Ola / Emi O Majo / Temi Laago (821 367)

Side 2: Maranti Olore / Temi O Ni Soro / Kolre Baje / Adawa Loni Juju

Get it HERE.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Sir Shina Peters - Afro Juju Series 1(1989)

Hey, hey, here's some more juju for yer ears!  Sir Shina Peters started out playing guitar for General Prince Adekunle before forming a group with Segun Adewale in the early eighties.  He formed his own juju troup in the late eighties and this was his first release.  It's a frantic fusion of juju and fuji - a surefire hit on the dancefloors of my dreams - and I hope you like it.

And while you're here, you may want to check this out - a bizarre Shina Peters jungle remix:

01         Afro-Juju       
02         Je Kajo       
03         Ijo Shina       
04         Moju Kuro       
05         Oyin Momo       
06         Omoge To Rewa       
07         Omo Enia Lo Sora       
08         Jesu Gbadura Mi       
09         Atoto Arere       
10         Irawo Lagba (Ace)       
11         Adebisi Odutayo       
12         Afro-Juju Lo Gbode 

Get it HERE.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Sunny Ade & His African Beats - Volume 10



I picked up this lovely double LP in the bargain bin of local second hand shop, unfortunately the first disc was missing - maybe someone else has it?

Regular visitors will know that I'm quite partial to a bit of Sunny Ade's juju sound, especially these vintage recordings (of which there seems to be very, very many).  These songs are fairly genteel in pace making the LP quite a languid affair.  Perfect for the warm sunny days we've been having recently.  


01 Ariya Odun Kewa
02 Teni Begi Loju

Get it HERE.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Lanrewaju Adepoju & His Akewi Theatre - Volume 3

Here's a treat.  Lanrewaju Adepoju was (is?) a famous Yoruban poet an on this 1975 recording they deliver an exciting blend of highlife, juju and afrobeat sounds that you just might like.  And if you do, you can find another wonderful LP over here.


Side One - Igba oro ki i fo/Maa see e niso/Oyinbo Kare
Side Two - Timi agbale waja/Baba dari ji wa/Oga l'olowo

Get it HERE.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe - People's Club Special (1982)

Gorgeous! Osadebe is always popular with me, but this music really comes into its own when the sun comes out.  So, if the sun is shining where you are then you've really got no excuses not to grab this one.

Robert Christgau said Osadebe's band make relaxation a creative principle and that just about nails it.  So,  sit back, relax, and let these magical highlife sounds unwind in your mind.


01 People's Club Special (Part 1)
02 People's Club Special (Part 2)

Get it HERE.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Yusufa Olatunji & His Group - Orin Tokotaya

This battered CD came from a stall on East Street Market in Southwark - a real treasure trove of Nigerian music if you ever get the chance to have a wander.

Yusufa Olatunji was one of the leading exponents of sakara music, a popular form of Yoruba music and a precurser to the percussion heavy fuji sounds of Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister or Alhaji (Chief) Kollington Ayinla. Yusufa was also known as Baba Legba, which got me wondering whether the nickname was related to the Yoruba loa, Papa Legba. Papa Legba is the first and last spirit to be called during Haitian Voodoo ceremonies as his presence is essential in any communication between mortals and the spirit world.

Just for kicks, here is the SUn City Girls playing Papa Legba:

and here is Baba Legba:


01 Alhaji Adetunji Adenekan / Alhaja Lati Ladejobi / Sinotu Abeke / Egbe Egba Parapo (Oshodi)
02 Orin Tokotaya / Orin Asiko / Rasaki Adelakun / Egbe Faripo (Egba) / Egbe Irepolodun (Egba)

Get it HERE.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Ikenga Super Stars of Africa (1975)

I know this one has popped up on a number of other evil file-sharing blogs over the years, but it really is too good to miss. If you've never come across them before, the Ikenga Super Stars of Africa play the kind of dizzying, funky highlife that is sure to move both asses and minds. The interweaving guitars on these two long songs never fail to send me into a kaleidoscope hypno-trance, and that could never be a bad thing, could it?
And, just in case you're wondering, the file is hosted on mediafire. I've had a think about my options since all this megaupload kerfuffle started, and I've come to the conclusion that we humble muzak bloggers are but small fish. I'm really sorry to those (Moos at Global Groove, Owl at Holy Warbles, the team at Mutant Sounds amongst many others) who have had their files deleted - I can only imagine how upsetting this is - but I'm sure we're all going to be able to find ways to keep on keeping on.


01 Ikenga Go Marry Me
02 Ikenga in Africa

Get it HERE (while you still can!).

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Chief Dr Sikiru Ayinde Barrister - Fuji New Waves (1991)

It's been an awful long time since I posted any of that mindbending Fuji music so here is something else from the late, great Chief Doctor Barrister. Here the Chief Doctor urges us to dance to the new wave of Fuji and uses a non too subtle wall of percussion, slide guitar and incredibly wonky synth noise to coax us onto the dancefloor. Once there, you won't want to stop.


01 Duka Hausawa
02 New Waves
03 Cinderella
04 Gbaa - e gwu
05 Alhaji Raheem Tejumola
06 Ori o Gbodo Fo
07 Owo Kilani
08 National Pledge
09 Late Alhaji Muniru Gbadamosi
10 Mr Dolapo Badru

Get it HERE.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His Inter-Reformers Band - Sound of the Moment (1980)

I'll start by apologising for the lack of recent posts - I've been rather busy with one thing or another and just haven't been able to make the time for music posts.

However, I'm returning with the sweet musical sunshine. I picked up this beautiful chunk of balmy Nigerian juju heat at a recent bootsale and it's helping to make up for the lack of sunshine here.
If you've never heard the juju, then this is as good a place as any to start your habit. If you have, then you'll know the score: gloriously woozy slide guitars, mesmeric talking drums and sublime vocal harmonising all blended up into a lazy psychedelic gumbo.

Previous Ebenezer Obey posts can be found here.


Side One: Kaiye Mi Ko Dun Ko Dero / Aja Kole Ba Agbo Kan / Ewure Ile Komo Oyi Ode / Mo Mo Iyi Enia Mi / Omode Yi Nwo Mi Loju / Ade Komolafe

Side Two: Chief Muraina Adisa Makinde / Borikan Ba Sunwon / Folaranmi / Kenimani Sebi Ogun Ni

Get it HERE.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Homzy Trio Group - Green Eagles Special (1981)

Picked this oddity up in a flea market a couple of weeks ago, and it suits the incredibly good weather we're having here at the minute. This is some wonky highlife and native blues that was made in support of the Green Eagles, Nigeria's national football team who in 1981 were playing matches to qualify for the 1982 World Cup.

This is Rossanah Nwhere Obi Nwayo:


01 Green Eagles Special
02 Jelly Leave Me
03 Onye Dara Ada
04 Rossanah Nwhere Obi Nwayo

Get it HERE.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

King Sunny Ade & His Green Spot Band - Sunny Ade: Master Guitarist Volume 4 (1971)

It's been a long time since I posted any Sunny Ade, so here's a treat for all you Juju hounds. These recordings date back to the late sixties and early seventies and they have a rougher edge than much of his later music however, the supple rhythms of the talking drums and the intricate, intertwining guitar lines are all present and correct, as are the gorgeous vocal harmonies which make me feel like I'm floating on golden clouds of angel hair. The songs are shorter too so that's a bonus for all those with attention deficits.


01 Mr. Adenaike (Olulu)
02 John Ali
03 Egbe Board
04 Chief Lekan Salami
05 Prince Adesanya
06 A Ye Wa
07 Akure Nile
08 Major General Adebaye
09 Akanbi Ogun
10 Constant Star

Get it HERE.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 - Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (1986)

There's an awful lot that could be said about Fela Kuti, about his music, politics, his life, but its all probably been said elsewhere so I think I'll let his sublime music speak for itself. I swear there are moments on this album in which you might feel yourself levitate.


01 Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (Instrumental)
02 Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (Vocal)
03 Look And Laugh (Instrumental)
04 Look And Laugh (Vocal)

Get it HERE.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Cumb Assemble (Celestine Ukwu Memorial Band) - Tribute to Celestine Ukwu (RAS 1978)

Gorgeous Nigerian highlife played and sung in tribute to the great Celestine Ukwu who died in 1977.

"Oh dear Celestine Ukwu / Why have you left us / Without anyone?"

"In the memory of many Igbo people of Nigeria, late Celestine Ukwu is a paragon of wisdom. He is a true philosopher who is in-depth in analyzing the social world. His musical ingenuity is a fruit of deep reflection on mankind in general. His creativity is emblematic for the entire spectrum of Igbo music industry, past present and future.

He is a musician with a profound originality. Although died and gone, his legendary works linger on in the socio-cultural life of the Igbo people.

Music no doubt has a universal language. The rhythmic poetical flow of music is enjoyed by all people irrespective of culture or language. The content or the expression anchored in a piece of music obviously tells how an individual person or a group of people perceives and interprets the world. Music therefore is a passionate expression of reality in philosophies. Musicians are also known as poets who are also known as thinkers and philosophers. In music, a subjective attempt is made to recreate the objective reality. Therefore music is all about a passionate expressions of life, birth, death, love, pain, injustice, happiness, rejection, oppression, politics, religion, ethics, fear, anxiety, sickness, poverty, richness etcetera.

The Igbo culture is among the cultures in the world that expresses its worldview in music. Sometimes, decoding the meaning of musical expression is like decoding coded lines of poetries. At other times, the meaning enshrined in a piece of music stands very intelligible. In the case of Celestine Ukwu, one sees a true born philosopher. He is a conscientious reflector on things. As a talented musician, he is a social observer."

You can hear Celestine Ukwu's beautiful music here, and here, but in the meantime you'll have to make do with this.


01 Tribute to Celestine Ukwu
02 Uche Chukwu
03 Chi Na Elo
04 Don't Loose Courage

Get it HERE.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Nkengas - Destruction (1973)

I've been a bit busy in recent weeks, hence the lack of music posts. However I hope to make up for this absence by presenting you with this bad boy of an album. Devastating, earth-shaking funk from Nigeria, this is as raw and hypnotic as it gets.


01 Anyi Bundi Igbo
02 Obuna Alu
03 Anyi Buofu
04 Jungle Beat
05 Ube Frank Special
06 Ndu Bu Isi
07 Nkenga Special
08 London Special
09 Destruction

Get it HERE.
Nkengas in London can be found HERE.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His Inter-Reformers Band - What God Has Joined Together (1981)

Back in July last year I posted this album, which featured some great extracts from Ebenezer Obey's albums from the early '80s. The music on that album is all wonderful, but when the song fades I'm always left feeling a little disappointed, like I might have missed something important. This 1981 album from Obey's amazing band drifts the way juju should, the songs stretch out and subtly shift in pace and texture and you get the impression they could just groove on and on and on...


Side 1: Eto Igbey Awo / What God Has Joined Together / Ile Oko Ile Eko

Side 2: Ore Oluwa Akari / Olusola Lumous

Get it HERE.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Chief (Dr) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (The Africa International Music Ambassador) - Fuji Garbage (1988)

Here's some more of that frantic fuji music. This album has it all: frenzied talking drums, groovy out of tune keyboards and Barrister's rough toasting, it is delightfully demented.

Here's a taste of his fuji sound:


Side 1: Fuji Garbage / Lau Erebe / Four Jolly Friends

Side 2: O Dowa Agbagba / Psychology / Won Oma Doyika Ni / Awa Lolorun Fun / Hawaian System / Otunba Wahab Oshinubi

Get it HERE.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

The Nkengas - Nkengas in London (Orbitone 1973)

According to John at Likembe (thanks for the superb blog!) this album is not by The Nkengas, but is actually a recording by Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and His Nigerian Soundmakers. A number of the group's players left taking the tapes with them, they started a new band called The Nkengas and released this album under that name. Very Naughty!
Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe's voice is spread like melted chocolate across all but one of the songs on the album. It's pretty unmistakable. This is feel good highlife of the very highest quality and it never fails to bring a smile to my maudlin face.

This is the song Ekene Dili Chukwu:


01 William Emeka Omambala
02 Asa Mpete Special
03 Anaedo Special
04 Unzulu Onye / Ige'Gbupi
05 Ekene Dili Chukwu

Get it HERE.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

King Sunny Ade (Golden Mercury of Africa) & His African Beats - Searching for my Love (Sunny Alade 1980)

Just for a treat, here's some more sublime, cosmic juju to brighten up our days. Perfect sounds from King Sunny Ade, the Golden Mercury of Africa, and his incredible band.

Track list:

01 I'm Searching for my Love
02 She Loves Me
03 Oh Dear
04 I found my Love

05 Igbagbo Mi Duro
06 Ore Ti Afinu Han
07 Ronu Koto Sebi
08 Chief Aderibigbe Shitta
09 Alhaji Muyideen Agunbiade

Get it HERE.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Akeem Ayinla Omowura & His Apala Modernizer Band - 1985 Challenge Cup (Afrodisia 1985)

Akeem Ayinla Omawura is the son of famous Nigerian Fuji bandleader, Alhaji Ayinla Omowura. Omowura Sr. died in 1980 and his son released this, his only album that I can find, on the legendary Afrodisia record label in 1985. Can't find any information about the younger Omowura on the internet, so I'm afraid there's nothing more to say other than enjoy this beautiful music.

Side 1:

01 Challenge Cup 1985
02 Alhaji Rasaki Kolawole
03 Alhaji Mosudi Ogunsanya Enkalow
04 Ode Totori Ategun Lo Gbe Ibon

Side 2:

01 Tuntun Lo Ma Je Jade
02 Alhaji Ajasa Sansaliu
03 Baiye Se Nyi
04 Aditu Ede Mo Gbere De
05 Omowunmi Tony Adegboyega

Get the Fuji goodness HERE.