Aloy Anyanwu & State Brothers International
Ndu Ka Aku, Homzy 1979

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Zit wel lekker in Afrikaanse sferen de laatste tijd hè..
Geen idee hoe het komt, de ene keer blijf je hangen
in Colombia en dan weer in Jamaica, dit keer op het
Afrikaanse continent. Nigeria is een land waar muzikaal
veel te halen valt. De afrobeat is niet zo aan mij besteed
maar de highlife, juju en ook wel de fuji en apala zijn erg
boeiend. Vandaag een tamelijk onbekend artiest waar
ik je dan ook niets over vertellen kan, luisteren maar..

Lately quite a lot of African here at the GG, Don’t know
why but I kind a got stuck on the continent. We knew
periods of Jamaican, Colombian, West Indian, this time
African atmospheres have me captured for a while. Nigeria
is a country with a wealth of styles. Afrobeat is not so much
my cup of tea but highlife, juju and also fuji and apala are
more fascinating. Today an album by Aloy Anyanwu about
whom I can’t tell you anything useful, just listen..

tracks ;

01 – Ndu ka aku
02 – Ihe foro otu agwula agwu
03 – Aku nke uwa
04 – Elu uwa gwam

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10 thoughts on “Aloy Anyanwu & State Brothers International
Ndu Ka Aku, Homzy 1979

  1. Moos,

    I agree with your comment on “Afrobeat.” Fela’s political lyrics are great and still relevant, but I prefer highlife over all other Nigerian genres.

    Alexsam

  2. Aloy appears to play a steady, perky bass , reminds me of Michael Henderson- track 3 Aku nke uwa especially.
    Beautiful stuff.
    thank you Africa thank you moos

  3. Dr. Sir Warrior was able to transform his performance into a successful career in the 1970s when he joined the Oriental Brothers International Band. The band later splintered, leading to Prince Ichita & the Great Oriental Brothers International Band, Oriental Brothers International, and then the original Dr. Sir Warrior & His Oriental Brothers International, simply called The Oriental Original. The Oriental Brothers International Band was the first Nigerian highlife boy band formed after the devastating three years Nigeria civil war that ruined the Eastern Nigeria where the boys hailed from. Hence their name “Oriental” having come from the east. They started as an in-house band at Easy Going Hotels in Owerri owned by Chief James “Ewele” Azubuike. The Oriental Brothers were originally five members namely: Godwin Kabaka Opara, Ferdinand Dansatch Emeka Opara, Livinus Akwilla Alaribe, Fred “Ichita” Ahumaraeze and Christogonus Ezebuiro “Warrior” Obinna. The first split within the group occurred in 1977 when founding member and the first leader of the band, Godwin Opara left to start his own bands after a dispute under the moniker Kabaka International Guitar Band and was replaced with Aloysius Anyanwu, a former guitarist with Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe’s Nigerian Sound Makers Band and a founding member of the Ikenga Super Stars band after they left Osadebe’s band. Later Ichita and Livinus Akwila Alaribe equally left the band to form another group called the Great Oriental Band. In 1978 a mistrust and copyright issue ensued between Dansatch/Warrior on one side and Aloysius Anyanwu on the other which ended in a libel action.The acrimonious dispute led Aloysius Anyanwu too leaving the band to go solo as Aloy Anyanwu and His State Brothers Band. So that left only Dansatch and Warrior as the only remaining founding members. They recruited freelance musicians around Owerri and some migrant musicians from Ghana to relaunch the band after many exists. They had hit after hit after this reshuffling. Yet again dispute emerged between Dansatch and Warrior over the future shape of the band regarding artistic style. So after their 1980 hit album “Obi Nwanne” both men parted ways. Warrior retained the core of the band’s musicians and named himself “Dr Sir Warrior & His Oriental Brothers International Band. While Dansatch continued as Oriental Brothers International Band led by Ferdinand Emeka Opara.(from Wiki)

  4. I’ve been stuck in the Juju, but delving back into the Afrobeat, bouncing all over 1970s Nigeria. Thanks Moos! And thanks for the info Nick!!

  5. The Oriental Brothers Band was a great success in Igbo music model. All of the artists were really talented. The band would have gone further in advancing Igbo music rhythms but was hindered by occasional splits. Anyway, as a man from Imo State, I am proud of the team.

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