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Various Artists / Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story Of 1970s Funky Lagos
Album:Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story Of 1970s Funky Lagos Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:05/2009
Label:Strut-Records 

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Add Date:2009-05-31 Pull Date:2009-08-02 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2009-05-29 
Nigeria 70
Reviewed by Sadie O., 5/27/09
Afrobeat and Afro-funk, all from Nigeria in the 70’s. Two and a half hours of killer music showcasing quite a variety of artists and styles. Most songs are quite long and involve a lot of jamming. The last half of CD 1 and pretty much all of CD 2 are totally great.
No FCCs detected. Follow the stars, but give it a listen yourself, as there’s something for quite a few different tastes here.
CD1:
1. 5:22 **snaky, relaxed, jazzy groove, smooth vocals, but all with just a hint of funk and highlife. Several horn solos and sections, building in energy.
2. 4:49 **upbeat and a bit uptempo highlife/funk, very swingy. Call and response vocals, keyboard solo, and totally alarming bit of fuzz guitar.
3. 6:10 ***cymbal roll and bits of instruments, gradually forming into slow, trance-y, psychedelic groove. Slow chanting, electric guitar solo. Kinda Grateful Deady, actually.
4. 7:16 ***upbeat soul strut with lots of polyrhythm and a fine horn section. Instrumental jam.
5. 5:02 **complex rhythm, sort of out-of-kilter vocal duet. Interesting.
6. 5:49 **slow talking drum and trumpet, vocal duet a la Amadou and Miriam, builds into midtempo Afro-funk. Ululations and farfisa. Nice bit of talking drum towards end.
7. 3:31 ***downtempo swingy funk, vocals in English. Breaks into inexplicably jolly la-la-las at end.
8. 5:41 ****big chant and flute intro, then some serious midtempo Afro-funk. Definite butt-scuttler! Interesting slide guitar bit, and a completely crazed sax solo.
9. 8:21 ****very complex drum intro and fun vocals, relaxed midtempo jazzy funk. Slides down real easy. Sociopolitical philosophizing in English. Bit of wah-wah guitar. Neet!
10. 3:12 **funky soul guitars and African-style chanting. Sloppy but fun.
11. 8:26 *****unusual march intro, then midtempo soul strut with odd instrumentation, political diatribe in English. Long funky-ass jam session with unexpectedly cool bass solo.
12. 4:09 *****blues guitars, vocals in English. Misogynistic, but insanely cool.
CD2:
1. 8:07 ****odd little vocal intro, then downtempo shuffling drum & guitar-based Afro-funk with horn section. GNARLY sax solo. Not to be outdone, there is a perfectly reprehensible keyboard solo as well. Yeah!
2. 3:32 *****aggressive guitar chord, then uptempo psychedelic garage rock, Nigerian style. Yowza!
3. 6:02 ****cute little keyboards with an uptempo drum shuffle, very odd lyrics in English – none of this makes any sense together, but what the hell! …ok, the lyrics are REALLY odd – another star for that!
4. 3:21 ***dancing time for dancers! Uptempo Afrobeat. Mostly instrumental, with a terrifying sax solo.
5. 8:12 ***cool jazz sax solo intro, then super groovy Makossa Afro-jazz-funk with really good players. Overlong bit with just sax and talking drum and percussion.
6. 6:16 ****big dramatic vocal and flute flourishes intro, then super-fine midtempo Afro-funk with strong vocals and a big, talented band.
7. 6:03 *****drums, marimbas, acoustic guitar, uptempo yet relaxed Afrobeat, a bit trance-y, but with a huge variety of interesting elements weaving in, taking solos… going majorly dubwise…
8. 4:15 ****chanted female intro, slow funk, great female vocals. The bass kills, and the ladies mop up the corpses.
9. 14:46 **jazzy uptempo instrumental funk jam. Pretty vocals in English start after 8.5 minutes.
10. 11:36 ***talking drums and other percussion, rubber band bass, pwings and high female vocals, odd but not unpretty. Synth solo!
11. 7:13 ****midtempo, relaxed, echo-laden, trance-y, with fine percussion. Gets nicer (and dubbier!) as it goes along. Is that a Hawaiian slack-key guitar? Blimey!

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Lobitos, KoolaOlolufe Mi
2.Tire, MonomonoLoma Da Nigbehin
3.BioChant To Mother Earth
4.Kuti, Fela Ransome & The Africa 70Jeun Ko Ku
5.Oyelana, Tunji & The BendersIfa
6.Miller, Bala & The Great Music Pyrameeds Of AfrikaIkon Allah
7.Bucknor, Segun & His RevolutionLa La La
8.King, PeterShango
9.Allen, Tony & His African MessengersNo Discrimination
10.Wuaifo, Sir Victor & His Melody MaestroesAkayan Ekassa
11.Onyeabor, WilliamBetter Change Your Mind
12.Ikwue, BongosWoman Made The Devil
13.Julius, Orlando & The Afro SoundersAlo Mi Alo
14.Ofo The Black CompanyAllah Wakbarr
15.Sahara All Stars Band JosEnjoy Yourself
16.Funkees, TheDancing Time
17.Afro Cult FoundationThe Quest
18.Haastrup, JoniGreetings
19.Lawal, GasperKita Kita
20.Lijadu SistersOrere Elejigbo
21.Kuti, Fela Ankiulapo & The Afria 70Upside Down
22.Williams, Shina & His African PercussionistsAgoboju Logon
23.Ade, Sunny & His African BeatsJa Fun Mi