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Afro Baby: The Evolution Of The Afro-Sound In Nigeria 1970-1979

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soundway
  • ASIN: B00020JQOO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Lagos Sisi - Bolo Johnson - Bola Johnson
3. Son Of Mr. Bull Dog - The Mebusas - The Mebusas
4. Fogo Fogo - Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa 70 - Fela Kuti
5. Ire - The Don Issac Ezekiel Combination - The Don Issac Ezekiel Combination
6. Ipasan - Tunji Oyelana & The Benders - Tunji Oyelana
7. Asa-Sa - Fred Fisher - Fred Fisher
8. Mura Sise - Orlando Julius & His Afro Sounders - Orlando Julius & His Afro Sounders
9. No Wrong Show - Thony Shorby Nyenwi - Victor Olaiya And His International Allstars
10. Omelebele - Dr. Victor Olaiya's International All Stars - Victor Olaiya And His International Allstars
11. Afro Baby - Stephen Osita Amaechi & His Afro-Rhythm-Skies - Stephen Osita Amaechi & His Afro-Rhythm Skies
12. Ochonma - The Martins Brothers Dance Band - The Martins Brothers Dance Band

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Nigeria in the 1970s had one the biggest recording industries on the African continent as well as one of the most diverse. The fusion of African rhythms and culture with jazz, funk, soul and rock was an Africa-wide phenomenon but nowhere was it more prolific and active than the cities and dancefloors of Nigeria. These twelve rarities highlight how the Afro -Sound influenced all areas of the music scene and how it progressed throughout a very creative and energetic decade. From funky afro-jazz, soul and afro-highlife to big, dancefloor afro-beat, Nigeria led the way in West Africa at the time.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising collection of gems 11 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Following on from their magnificent work in unearthing the unheralded classics of Ghana on the two Ghana Soundz compilations, the compilers have turned to the more familiar territory of 1970s Lagos, the birthplace of Afrobeat.
As with Jamaican roots reggae, there is an enormous quantity of recordings from this period, but the musical archaeologist can have a difficult time sorting the wheat from the chaff. After Afro Strut's stunning 'Nigeria 70' compilation, you may wonder what the need is to delve further into obscure recordings. Any compilation album that claims for its tracks that they are 'never released before outside Nigeria' has to answer the question - well why not? The album makes no claims to being either complete or representative.
This album justifies its obscure selection through sheer quality from start to finish. Eschewing the stereotypical focus on Fela Kuti and his associates, the album encompasses a wide range of the fermenting sounds of this decade that was willing to blend funk, soul, R&B, jazz and traditional African rhythms into one coherent whole. The sheer joy of experimentation shines through on every track, and while shards of cliched hooks often drift through the mix, they're consumed by the beat and regurgitated in delectable new forms.
First buy the Nigeria 70 compilation. Then, once you've fallen in love with the more familiar end of Afrobeat, make this next on your shopping list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great 12 Mar 2005
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This is one of the best afro funk compilations to come out since Nigeria 70. The godfather of afrobeat Fela Kuti represents with one of his early more obscure tracks Fogofogo (ghanaian sland for "bottle breakers"). It's kind of coincidental fogo fogo is the track featured. I have a very rare copy of the track on tape including incredibly hard to find Fela tracks like the original "Chop and Quench", "Going in and Out", "I go shout plenty", "I no get eye for back" and "Beautiful dancer".

Nigerian highlife legend Victor Olaiya also represents with "Omelebele". Orlando Julius drops in with "Mura Sise". However the best tracks on the CD come from the more obscure groups. Afrobeat devotees are probably already familiar with the Sahara All Star Band from the Nigeria 70 compilation. Their track "Alikali Aladjo" is the album opener. I absolutely love Bola Johnson's "Lagos Sisi", a tale of a country girl gone bad in the big city.

The very best track is "Ire" by the Don Issac Ezeikel combination. You never heard a song of worship this funky. "Afro baby" by Stephen Osita Amaechi is one of those songs you should really listen to via ear phones to fully appreciate the drum work in the background. "Ifa" by Tunji Oyelena was one of my personal favorites on Nigeria 70 and he does not disappoint with "Ipasan", a funkified musical version of a yoruba folktale. "Ochonma" by The Martins Brothers Band has a groove to die for and is my second favorite song on the cd. It's even better if you can understand Ibo as the brothers sing in turn moaning over the hell their relationship has become with the beautiful "Ochonma".

Fred Fisher, Thornby Nyenwi and The Mebusas round up the album. It has been absolute trip listening to music that was popular in my country around the time I was born. I hope to do my bit to salvage the music when I go back. For now I have to rely on Soundway records and I hope that Miles Cleret keeps up the good work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. 25 Nov 2011
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Good for exercizing, dancing, zumba - anything that involves moving. If you like music with good beats, you will like this cd.
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