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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to a Nigerian musical legend, 1 Aug. 2007
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Singer, trumpeter and bandleader 'Cardinal' Rex Jim Lawson was probably the most famous and most loved exponent of 60's Nigerian 'highlife' music. Together with his Mayor's Dance Band he cranked out a long line of chart toppers before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident in his late thirties (his exact birthdate is not known) at the height of his popularity.

As Gerry Coldham points out in his online profile "his music remains danceable and ageless" and his sound, mixing dance rhythms, braying brass and his superb belting voice has had a huge influence on subsequent generations of African music.

While it could be argued that this disc omits some of his 'greatest hits' (numbers like "Oko", "Gowon Special" and his cover of Kofi Sammy's "Yellow Sisi" are conspicuous by their absence) it is a great introduction to the music of the man they called "Nigeria's Frank Sinatra".

Essential for lovers of highlife music. If you like this try the great Rough Guide compilation "Ghana & Nigeria - the Rough Guide to Highlife".
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2009 12:05:12 BDT
Godzilla says:
Thanks STRUT.
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