Oliver de Coque and his Expo ’76, Olumo 1978

Oliver de Coque was a prolific guitarist who popularised the
‘Ogene’ dance, an inspiring style of Nigerian High Life.
Oliver Sunday Akanite was born in 1947 and started his music
career at the age of 11. He played on the Prince Nico Mbarga’s
evergreen album “Sweet Mother” and recorded himself more than 70
albums that have next to great music, the funniest picture
covers around. King Chief Oliver de Coque died on june 20, 2008
in a hospital in Gbagada, Lagos, after struck by heart failure.
May he rest in peace. On this album ‘de Coque’ really makes true
his great name, on ‘Baby don’t cry’ he seems to be calling chickens
with his guitar. For the occasion Oliver put on his most
special dress. Don’t you just love that tigerprint ?

tracks;

1 Ife chi kwulu geme ( Sound Ogene )
–Onye zogbulu nwambe ?
2 Baby don’t cry
3 Go call police

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12 thoughts on “Oliver de Coque and his Expo ’76, Olumo 1978

  1. Hey Moos, thanks for posting this! I have the LP but it’s in terrible shape, also the cover is faded beyond readability.

    Where did you read that he played on “Sweet Mother”? You may be right, but that’s the first time I’ve heard it. It does sound quite similar to his music.

  2. Hey Moos, thanks for posting this! I have the LP but it’s in terrible shape, also the cover is faded beyond readability.

    Where did you read that he played on “Sweet Mother”? You may be right, but that’s the first time I’ve heard it. It does sound quite similar to his music.

  3. Moos: I see what you mean. However, I tend to take a lot of what I read in the Nigerian press with a grain of salt. My copy of “Sweet Mother” (Rounder 5007) credits Nico Mbarga himself with the lead guitar. But who knows?

  4. Moos: I see what you mean. However, I tend to take a lot of what I read in the Nigerian press with a grain of salt. My copy of “Sweet Mother” (Rounder 5007) credits Nico Mbarga himself with the lead guitar. But who knows?

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