December 07, 2007


Although their own website doesn't mention this release yet, Soundway is about to release a 2 cd/4 lp set called:
Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6

If the standard is as high as all the other Soundway releases, this might very well be the definitive collection on Nigerian funk. It sure looks promising! posted the setlist a while ago and added soundsamples as well. According to them, this is what Nigeria Special is going to look and sound like:

Disc 1:
1. Ayamma - The Anambra Beats
2. Okwukwe Na Nchekwube - Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National
3. Amalinja - The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination
4. Akula Owu Onyeara - The Funkees
5. Oja Omoba - Dele Ojo & His Star Brothers Band
6. Koma Mosi - The Harbours Band
7. Nekwaha Semi Colon - The Semi Colon
8. Osalobua Rekpama - Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros
9. Onwu Ama Dike - St. Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band
10. Feso Jaiye - The Sahara All Stars Of Jos
11. Eme Kowa Iasa Ile Wa - Mono Mono
12. To Whom It May Concern - Tunji Oyelana & The Benders
13. Ugali - The Tony Benson Sextet

Disc 2:
1. Asiko Mi Ni - The Nigerian Police Force Band 'The Force 7'
2. Torri Wow - Godwin Ezike & the Ambassadors
3. Belema - Opotopo (Easy Kabaka Brown)
4. Alabeke - Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band Of Aba
5. Arraino - Popular Cooper & His All Beats Band
6. Simini-Yaya - Collins Oke Elaiho & His Odoligie Nobles Dance Band
7. Buroda Mase - Bola Johnson & His Easy Life To pBeats
8. I Want a Break Thru - The Hykkers
9. Business Before Pleasure - George Akaeze & His Augmented Hits
10. Omo Yen Wu Mi - Shadow Abraham With Mono Mono Friends
11. Blak Sound - Leo Fadaka & the Heroes
12. Eguae Oba - Osayomore Joseph & the Creative 7
13. Akpaisong - Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes

Go have listen.

Release date: february 5th

Big One!


elephantsoundz said...

Watch out for forthcoming companion compilations focusing on different styles from Nigeria, plus return visits to Panama and Colombia!

‘Nigeria Disco Funk Special: the Sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor, 1974-79’(SNDWCD/LP010 out 31st March)
‘Panama Volume 2: Cumbia Tipica, Latin Sounds and Calypso-Funk on the Isthmus, 1965-1976’ (SNDWCD/LP011 out April 2008)
‘Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro Rock and Fuzz Funk in 1970s Nigeria’ (SNDWCD/LP012 out May 2008)
‘Colombia! Volume 2: More Classic Sounds from the Vaults of Discos Fuentes 1960-76’. (SNDWCD/LP013 out May 2008)

Nigeria Special said...

Hi Lockitdown

This comment's a bit late, but here you go anyway.

Thought you might be interested in a new Fansite just set up to celebrate the release of Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 on Soundway Records. - Try it out for a Nigeria Special experience!

Hope this is of use to you

Timjim (Fansite admin)

PS: There is also a full length MP3 online for bloggers /ekosound/celestine%20ukwu/track1.mp3