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VARIOUS - Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Calypso, Highlife, Apala, Mambo, Juju (CD)

Catalog Number: SJRCD341

Label: Soul Jazz

Format: CD


Release Type: Album

Genre: World, Recommendations,

Availability: In stock


VARIOUS - Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Calypso, Highlife, Apala, Mambo, Juju (CD)

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Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Freedom Sounds! features a stunning selection of material spotlighting the vibrant musical scene in Nigeria at the start of the 1960s. With a wealth of musical and cultural history and newly independent from Britain, Nigerian music during this era was complex, diverse and forward-thinking, with musicians as excited in exploring their country’s own musical lineage with styles such as Juju and Apala as they were in adapting and absorbing outside influences such as Ghanaian Highlife, Caribbean Calypsos and Mambo and more.

This album features many of the defining artists of this time who helped shape the Nigerian musical scene. Artists include I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots, Haruna Ishola and his Group, E.C. Arinze, Sammy Akpabot and His All Stars, Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers, Ganiyu Kale and His Guinea Mambo Orchestra and many more.

Few nations on earth are as diverse as Nigeria, and the wide assortment of Nigerian music styles collected on this album reflect the country’s rich variety of cultures. Western-influenced dance music, played on European instruments such as guitar, brass, and woodwind sits alongside traditional musical styles, made with indigenous instruments such as the talking drum, marimba, or obo. And there is also religious musical styles first brought to Nigeria by European Christians and Islamic traders from North Africa. And of course, there are points where these musical styles overlap, merging into one another to create unique new sounds.

This album is released as CD + booklet + slipcase, heavyweight gatefold double vinyl edition + download code, and digital release. The CD includes a large outsize 48-page book containing extensive sleevenotes by compiler Danny Fitzgerald, original photography, artist biographies, as well as selection of Nigerian adverts celebrating its independence and original artwork from some of the rare original Nigerian 45s on which this music was first (and only ever) released. The heavyweight gatefold 2xLP comes with full sleevenotes and download code.

1 I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
2 Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
3 I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
4 Charles Iwegbue and his Archibogs – Baby I Tire
5 Haruna Ishola and his Group – Iba Awon Agba
6 E.C. Arinze – Chukwu Fulum Nanya
7 Victor Ola-Iya and his Cool Cats – Cool Cats Invitation
8 Ganiyu Kale and his Guinea Mambo Orchestra – Iyawo-Ile
9 E.C. Arinze – Freedom Highlife
10 I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Bonfo
11 Haruna Ishola and his Group – Owo Ni Fari
12 Apolos Empire Rhythm Orchestra – Cut your Coat According To Your Size
13 E.C. Arinze – Lumumba Calypso
14 Sammy Akpabot and his All Stars – Save For A Rainy Day
15 Ishie Brothers – Onyeoma Rosa
16 Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – Look, Look, Look
17 E.C. Arinze – Saturday Night
18 J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Iyawo Ma Pa Mi
19 Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – You Cheat Me
20 E.C. Arinze – Ozo Emena
21 Tes Dandies Dance Band – Obo Mi Ebe Mi
22 J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Olowofuja Sawa
23 I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Omo Alara

"A Comprehensive guide. A fascinating compilation with extensive background information included." THE GUARDIAN ****

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Label Soul Jazz
Format CD
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