Sonora Gentil and the
Joy-Continental Orchestra
Festac ’77
Decca West Africa 1976

First of all, thank you Jillem for the shout out at Holland
Tunnel Dive. It is a bit too much credit. The video
is fun though, I remember the Police came and ended
the party, the bar owner forgot to ask for permission.
Imagine a world without HTD,
long live Jillem ..

Festac ’77, also known as the Second World Black and
African Festival of Arts and Culture (the first was in
Dakar, 1966), was a major international festival held in
Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977.
The month-long event celebrated African culture and
showcased to the world African .. read more

Allereerst, Dank je voor de post Jillem, iets te veel eer
mijn idee, ik ben ook maar een eenvoudige boerelul.
De video is geinig om weer te zien, ik weet nog dat de
Politie er een eind aan kwam maken, de kroegbaas was
vergeten vergunning aan te vragen.
Stel je eens een wereld voor
zonder HTD, lang leve Jillem ..

Festac ’77, also known as the Second World Black and
African Festival of Arts and Culture (the first was in
Dakar, 1966), was a major international festival held in
Lagos, Nigeria, from 15 January 1977 to 12 February 1977.
The month-long event celebrated African culture and
showcased to the world African .. lees verder

King Sunny Adé, Festac ’77 1977
Orchestre Poly Rythmo Special Festac ’77 1977
Lanrewaju Adepoju, Ilé Oba tó Jona 1977

Discogs
Discogs 2

Late general Murtala Mohammed

01 – Festac 77
02 – Festival 77

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3 thoughts on “Sonora Gentil and the
Joy-Continental Orchestra
Festac ’77
Decca West Africa 1976

  1. Whilst my comrades were all excited about the talking heads 77, television and tons of other similar releases not many of my age bracket had any idea of festac. You snooze you loose. Then again I had no idea that seigneur rochereau was performing at expo 67 (although the steel bands made a lasting impression); but at 8 years old I had a valid excuse I suppose. It must have been a heady time in Nigeria specifically and la belle epoch generally was certainly very fruitful was it not! Out of curiosity I wonder how much of the festac music was recorded and has been released? To paraphrase another band…wish I was there.

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