With the renewed interest these days in afrofunk, this compilation answers a lot of questions. To begin with, the liner notes are an exhaustive little history of popular Nigerian music, culture and industry with more information than I can possibly digest. For most casual fans, the lone afrofunk idol is the legendary Fela Ransome Kuti, the undisputed king for sure, but this compilation's true purpose is to shed light on the lesser known artists who were cranking away at their own version of Lagos ventilation. However, he is included with the (apparently quite rare) "Jeun Ko Ku," pushing the heavy r&b funk sound. Whether this is really the "definitive story" or not I don't know, but it remains consistently interesting with a vast range of US, South American and European influences floating on the native African musical traditions throughout. Right now my joint is the Lijadu Sister's strong harmonic vocals, spaced out organ, and studder step on "Orere Elejigbo." That addictive sweet African chanting style gets me open every time. Also check out the great "Ikon Allah" by Bala Miller for more of that. Opening track "Alo Mi Alo" by Orlando Julius is about as good as it gets- loving that sleepy guitar like a drunk clock. This is more or less the traditional afrofunk that we expect, but the collection is laced with unexpected twists and closed out by an incredible dub influenced track from King Sunny Ade called "Ja Fun Mi." Highly listenable, accessible stuff that will make you feel the warmth of newfound beats. This welcome 2016 reissue of the original 2001 compilation comes on heavyweight triple 180 gram vinyl with three CDs - CD 1 includes the compilation plus additional bonus tracks, CD 2 features a Nigeria 70 audio documentary, and CD 3 is a one hour snapshot of the 70's Lagos scene complete with interviews with Ginger Baker, Fela Kuti, Ebenezer Obey, Segun Bucknor, Joni Haastrup of Monomono and many more. Highly Recommended.
- triple 180 gram pressing
- CD version included + bonus tracks
- bonus Nigeria 70 audio documentary
- bonus CD w/ commentary on the 70's Lagos scene by late Nigerian academic "Elder" Steve Rhodes
- gatefold sleeve
- music label: Strut 2016
reviewed by the mgmnt 06/2016
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