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Release Info: VA - Nigeria Special: Volume 2 Modern Highlife Afro Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6 (2008)
Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Nigeria Special: Volume 2 Modern Highlife Afro Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Soundway Records / SNDWCD020
Genre: Afrobeat, Funk, Afro-Jazz, World
Nigeria Special 2 is the second part to the best-selling Nigeria Special album released to critical acclaim in 2007 and further extends the look at the most exciting period in Nigeria’s recording history.
The range of styles vary from highlife to Juju and Nigerian blues in the languages of Yoruba, Igbo, Bini and Ijaw. With a peppering of ‘afro’ experimentation the same musical stew pervades volume 2 as it’s predecessor – some artists appear again alongside some new artists as the emphasis continues to focus on the laid back and mid tempo feel found on volume 1.
1970’s Nigeria was a time that allowed Nigerian bands more freedom to record their own style than ever before. Highlife, afrobeat, rock, jazz & native blues rubbed shoulders and were turned out at unprecedented levels. Nigeria Special 2 features five of the artists on the previous volume, leaving space for a choice selection of some of the hundreds of other recording artists that were active in Nigeria at the time.
1. (3:10) Fubura Sekibo - Psychedelic Baby
2. (3:00) Black's' Zenith - Shango Oba Onina
3. (2:53) Twins Seven-Seven & His Golden Cabretas - Totobiroko (Ogbele)
4. (4:10) The Professional Seagulls Dance Band of Port Harcourt - Ibi Awo Iyi
5. (3:35) The Otarus - Omohupa
6. (3:12) The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination - The Lords Prayer
7. (3:06) James Etamobe & His All Weather Band - Agboyabakpa
8. (6:51) The People Star - Onwu Dinjo
9. (3:01) Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats - Jeka Dubu
10. (5:17) Emperor Dele Ojo & His Africana Internationals - Jekoyewa
11. (3:33) Commander in Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe & His Nigerian Sound Makers - Onyebu Chi
12. (3:17) Paulson Kalu Afrikhanah & His Stars 25 - Ochea Special
13. (4:52) Fidel Sax Bateke & the Voices of Darkness - Motako
14. (8:53) Opotopo - Agboho
15. (5:49) Tunji Oyelana & the Benders - Iwo Ko La Dami
16. (3:30) Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - Isip 2
17. (3:01) The Peacocks International Guitar Band - Onye Aghala Nwanneya
18. (3:07) The Nkengas - Anyi Bundi Igbo
19. (4:46) Joy Nwoso & Dan Satch - Egwo Umu Agbogho
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