Chief I.I. Ayeni – Ebako Alie
Iruobe Records 1985

Good morning, “What Chief I.I. Ayeni is trying to do is take
that basic African thing, twist it, refine it and change it into
something new. A traditional musician from Ora in Bendel
State, he composes and arranges all the material for his
albums. Whilst Chief Ayeni may feel his music is changing
only ‘step by step, bit by bit’ the contrast between his 1st
two albums is remarkable. The first traditional sound
musician in Afenmai in Bendel State. This new one
‘Ebako Alie’ is something else again, harder, hotter,
funkier, altogether more aggressive and very
personal blend of many West African styles,
with an added nod in the direction
of Africanism. ” (liner notes)

We are very lucky to have this rare Etsakor highlife album.
First, it is super rare and hard to find, Discogs doesn’t know
it as far as I could find. Second, yesterday I was on Utrecht’s
Mega Record and CD fair. For the first time after two years of
canceled fairs we were finally allowed to dig some crates again.
It was build up day for the traders and today the whole thing
is canceled due to Covid numbers again. A very sad day for all
traders and visitors. Everything ready to go and then a no go.
It feels unfair that I came home with a bag full of records,
one way or the other, let us listen with extra pleasure ..

We hebben enorm veel mazzel dat we deze zeldzame Etsakor highlife
plaat vandaag hebben. Ten 1e, hij is echt heel zeldzaam en zelfs
Discogs kent hem niet. 2e ding is, gisteren was ik op de opbouwdag
van de Platen en cd beurs in Utrecht. Voor het eerst in twee jaar
mochten we weer eens lekker ‘crate diggen’. ‘s Avonds nog besloot
de organisatie de beurs alsnog af te blazen wegens de hoog oplopende
Covid cijfers. Een heel trieste dag voor alle platendealers en bezoekers.
Alles klaar om te gaan en dan alsnog gecanceled. Het voelt oneerlijk
dat ik met een tas vol platen thuis kwam, maar ja, hoe dan ook,
laten we maar met extra veel plezier luisteren dan ..

Record Fair Canceled !

Discogs

Ohua-Nugbese 1981

01 – Imi eken reuvba emi
—- Ikeke bogbi ‘keke evie
02 – Alake lovbi ozalla/Ebako alie

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Aibor Bello and his Aloagbaye – Vol. 7
Ijebor Records 1979

When looking at our most scratchy and dusty records, we
can’t go around the Etsakor section. Many of these Nigerian
records have led an intense life in which they were played so
much it has left its traces. This is the second album we have with
Aibor Bello and his Aloagbaye. In fact it is not that scratchy.
Rare Etsakor stuff, listen ..

Als we dan toch kijken naar krakerige platen kunnen we niet
heen om de afdeling Etsakor Highlife. Veel van deze Nigeriaanse
platen hebben een intens bestaan gehad waarin ze veel gedraaid
zijn en dat heeft z’n sporen nagelaten. Dit is de tweede elpee
die we hebben met Aibor Bello en zijn Aloagbaye. Eigenlijk
is ie nog zo slecht niet, luister ..

Discogs

Vol. 5 1977

01 – Oku nagbode osimile remeraye
—- Late pa bello iwafiabo, the dad of aibor bello
02 – Osime khaigbagbeme

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Sir Waziri Oshomah & his Oyoyo Sound International
Conscience – Oyoyo Series IV
Supremedisk 1993

When most people think about the music of Nigeria, the first thing that
comes to mind is probably afrobeat, the darkly funky African jazz stew
popularized by bandleader Fela Kuti, himself a Yoruba from the southwestern
region of the country. Or perhaps they might mention other Yoruba musicians
such as King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey, the twin pillars of the southwestern
juju style. Maybe their thoughts would glide more towards the eastern extreme
of the country, where Igbo highlife stars such as Stephen Osita Osadebe, read more ..

Discogs

All Titles

01 – Emamie agbo
02 – Osigwe maha
03 – Conscience (udu)
04 – Oyoyo raggae (sweet banana)

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Alhaji Waziri Oshomah and his Traditional
Sound Organisation – Agbo “Knock Out 86”
Shanu Olu Records 1985

When most people think about the music of Nigeria, the first thing that comes
to mind is probably afrobeat, the darkly funky African jazz stew popularized by
bandleader Fela Kuti, himself a Yoruba from the southwestern region of the country.
Or perhaps they might mention other Yoruba musicians such as King Sunny Ade
and Ebenezer Obey, the twin pillars of the southwestern juju style. Maybe their
thoughts would glide more towards the eastern extreme of the country, where Igbo
highlife stars such as Stephen Osita Osadebe, the Oriental Brothers and Oliver de Coque
have made a mark upon the arena. More imaginative thinkers might look
northwards to cite Hausa and Fulani griots like Dan Maraya Jos, Alhaji Mamman
Shata and Alhaji Musa Dankwairo. It is rare though, that the spotlight is leveled
towards the mid-western region of the region of the country, the territory encom-
passing the modern-day Nigerian states of Edo and Delta. Edo in particular boasts
of a wealth of musical traditions that is both deep and broad, yet shamefully under-
explored; and among this assortment of musical traditions, one of the richest is the
music of the Afemai, or Etsako people. And in the field of Afemai music, the
undefeated champ is Alhaji Waziri Oshomah. (read more at Superfly Records)

Endolab
Discogs
All titles

01 – Agbo-oshiomare
02 – Era-iyo-joe agbedo
03 – Omonolegba-chief aruna osumah
04 – Okpa-eva doherty agbi

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Madam Hassanah Waziri – Self Titled
Shanu Olu Records 1985

Completing her discography today this is the fourth album
we have with Sir Waziri Oshomah’s wife Hassanah. It is her
third record from 1985, find the other three below. Sir Waziri
is also present doing some background vocals. Listen ..

Vandaag completeren we de discografie van Sir Waziri Osho-
mah’s vrouw Hassanah. De vierde hier op de GG maar haar
derde uit 1985. Vind de andere drie hieronder. Sir Waziri is
ook van de partij als achtergrond zanger. Luister ..

Discogs
Madam Hassanah Waziri & her Velvet Voice vol. 1 1983
Madam Hassanah Waziri & her Velvet Voice vol. 2 1984
Alhaja Hassanah Waziri, Oghene Iruduna 1986

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Alhaji Sir Waziri Oshomah & the Traditional
Sound Makers – Volume 4
Shanu Olu Records 1982

The records of Sir Waziri Oshomah came in a variation of subtle
name differences. This is the only one I’ve seen in which is spoken
of ‘THE’ Traditional Sound Makers and not ‘HIS’. It is from 1982
and has this nice sleeve with the four boys on the hood of his
Mercedes. At least one of them is taking it very serious.
Enjoy volume 4 on Shanu Olu Records ..

De platen van Sir Waziri Oshomah bestaan in een variatie aan
subtiele naam verschillen. Dit is de enige die ik heb gezien op
welke wordt gesproken van ‘THE’ Traditional Sound Makers
en niet ‘HIS’. Hij is uit 1982 en heeft deze fraaie hoes met
de vier jochies op de motorkap van z’n Mercedes. In elk
geval één van hen neemt dit heel serieus. Luister
naar volume 4 op Shanu Olu Records ..

Discogs

01 – Iyere: mecca london
02 – Chief joe omo agba
—- Chief mike odidi
03 – Imirunolu agizoane
04 – Hungry man osamiogbewa

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The Young Talents of Etsako
Bowo 1977

Hello folks, how are you today ? Fancy some more
obscurity from Nigeria ? How about this record with
the Young Talents of Etsako, as usual it has a little
crackle and such. Only information the album gives
is their group name and the titles. No idea who the
young talents are. Discogs doesn’t know them and
it seems ungooglable so to speak. If you know more,
please enlighten us. for now, just listen ..

Goeiemorgen mensen, wat dachten jullie van deze
rariteit ? Het betreft nog zo’n zeldzame plaat in de
Etsakor sectie. The Young Talents of Etsako heten ze
en zijn online niet te vinden. Discogs heeft nog nooit
van ze gehoord en ook op de plaat zelf staat niets over
wie ze zijn. Slechts de bandnaam en de titels. Als jij iets
weet, vertel het ons dan ook .. voor nu, luisteren maar ..

01 – omoaseba
02 – Ranayemere
03 – Oje-je
04 – Obenemoye
05 – Oshokenoya
06 – Oamen-ho-oa

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Chief I.I. Ayeni and his Group
Ohua-Nugbese, Ijebor Trading Stores 1981

It opens somewhat messy, a few disturbences in its first
grooves. The album continues with some background noise
but has such a relaxed atmosphere, it is still worth at least
a couple of spins. Another rare piece of Etsakor highlife
with Chief I.I. Ayeni and his Group. From 1981 on
Ijebor Trading Stores. Owan music, ..listen ..

Ja, de plaat opent best wel wat rommelig, een paar vreemde
geluidjes in de eerste paar groeven. Ook daarne hoor je nog
plenty achtergrond geluid. Hij heeft echter zo’n relaxte
sfeer dat het toch de moeite is er enkele keren naar te
luisteren. Met Chief I.I. Ayeni en zijn groep, uit 1981
en op Ijebor Trading Stores, zeldzame Etsakor
highlife. Owan muziek. Luister zelf ..

Discogs

01 – Ohua-nugbese
—- Joseph Idoda mitoji of aikeke-ozalla-ora
—- Prince A2 emokpaire of ubuneke ivbiaro
—- The aniala of ivbiaro
—- Okhere nugbedekin
02 – Jeremiah
—- Solomon
—- Osios

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Asi Balewa and his Etsakor Sound
Alhaji Abu Ali, Patogua Records 1982

As I promised you yesterday, today we’ve got an album with
Asi Balewa. Another Etsakor Highlife artist and one we didn’t
see before. I can’t tell you anything about him so let’s just
listen. Get it and spread it as usual ..

Discogs

01 – Alhaji abu ali
02 – Late alhaji kashetu usman
03 – Odo bithekhayame ugheoreye

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Sir Waziri Oshomah and his Traditional
Sound Makers – WAPS 403, Decca 1977

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From 1977 we find another album with Sir Waziri Oshomah.
When I took the sleeve to photograph it sometning fell
out on the floor. What a surprise, it was the original
invoice from the 1978 purchase. It was once bought
in A.B & Bros. Electronic Store, 34 Polytechnic Road in Auchi.
The cost of an album like this was 6 Naira. Nowadays 1000
Naira is worth € 2,-. Also purchased was 1 Etsakor vol. 2
and 1 Asi Balewa, I’ll post one of his records tomorrow.
Really funny extra with this record. It makes
listening to it even more special ..

Uit 1977 komt het album met Sir Waziri Oshomah dat we vandaag
hebben. Toen ik de hoes op z’n kant hield viel er iets uit.
Wat schetste m’n verbazing, het was de originele aankoopnota
uit 1978. De plaat is ooit aangekocht bij A.B. & Bros.
Electronic Store, 34 Polytechnic Road in Auchi voor de
prijs van 6 Naira. Ter vergelijk, vandaag de dag is 1000 Naira
€ 2,-. Ook aangekocht werd 1 Etsakor vol. 2 en 1 Asi Balewa,
morgen zal ik van hem ook een plaat posten. Zeer grappige
extra die het beluisteren van deze elpee nog leuker maakt ..

01 – Ikwekiame nezimede emmanuel imhomoh
02 – Osimhe loremekia agbomenire (part II)
03 – Ugheorenimhe
04 – Oghenatseyo tseyo (part II)

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Sir Waziri Oshomah and his Traditional Sound
Makers – Prince Agunu 2 Emokpaire
Ebohon Records 1981

Its sleeve has partly dissolved (left edge), the actual vinyl however
is in reasonable condition. Listening to this 1981 slice of
Sir Waziri Oshomah’s highlife is a pleasure.
Get it & spread it ..

01 – Ovbini omookeke alhaji inu-umoru
02 – Enakhe prince agunu 2 emokpaire
03 – Okhume ukhaduame
04 – Emoemi alhaji momoh umoru

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Sir Waziri Oshomah and his Traditional Sound Makers
The Etsakor Super Star EBLPS 02
Ebohon Records 1980

We can never hear too much Waziri Oshomah,
the Etsakor Super Star. In other words,
listen to the next in line. Another 10
await to be posted.
Cheers groovers ..

Waziri Oshomah article on Superfly

01 – Chief l.o. idonije
—- L.o. idonije buiders (nig) ltd auchi
02 – Late chief benson akhigbe
—- Ukuse osi owan

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Sir Waziri Oshomah & his Family
Traditional Sound Makers – WAPS 396
Decca 1977

This record from 1977 opens with a song that has more or less
the same title as yesterday’s opener. “Did you know that ‘Isah
Sule’, popularly and musically known as Sir Waziri Oshomah,
was born on the 12th february, 1948 in Osomegbe, Ekperi,
Auchi, Bendel State. He obtained his primary education at
Osomegbe primary school, after which he attended St. Andrew’s
secondary school, Fugar. He worked in both government and
private sectors before he resigned to form his traditional highlife
band in 1973 and this has given him the opportunity of preaching
to his people through his recordings…” (liner notes)

01 – Hon. lawrence idonigie,
managing director l.o. idonigie
builders ltd. auchi
02 – Captain inusah iyamah
—- Iyakpi ibie etsakor
—- Osivue family
03 – Pat. acha oguah
—- Iyioghe agenebode

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Sir Waziri Oshomah & his Family
Traditional Sound Makers – WAPS 327
Decca 1976

Back at the Global Groove today is the great Sir Waziri Oshomah
& his Family Traditional Sound Makers. Waziri was one of the ori-
ginators of afenmai Etsakor highlife. He made a list of records of
which it is high time to bring some more. The sound quality could
be a whole lot better, but it is hard to find these albums in good
condition. This elpee is listed number five on Discogs, not
sure if it really is his fifth. From 1976 on Decca, enjoy ..

Vandaag terug op de Global Groove is Sir Waziri Oshomah & his
Family Traditional Sound Makers. Waziri was een van de grondleggers
van de Afenmai Etsakor highlife. Hij maakte een berg platen waarvan
het hoog tijd is er nog een paar te plaatsen. De geluids kwaliteit kan
een heel stuk beter, maar het is moeilijk zijn albums in goede staat te
vinden. Deze is als vijfde geplaatst op Discogs, ik weet niet of het
ook daadwerkelijk zijn vijfde plaat is. Uit 1976 op Decca, luister ..

Discogs
Wiki Etsako People
Wasemomhe 1985
the Etsakor Super Star 1980
84′ Step One 1984
Volume 2 1979
Oyoyo the Best
oyoyo Series 2
.. & his Family Trad. Sound Makers 1977
.. & his Family Trad. Sound Makers WAPS 207 1974
Jealousy 1981
.. and his Family T.S. Makers, WAPS 161
.. and his Family United Band of Afenmai Nigeria 1973
.. & his Family Traditional Sound Makers 1975
Ota Pea Pea 1978
Agimhekpemhi 1988
.. and his Oyoyo Sound International, Patience 1992
Madam Hassanah Waziri, vol. 2
Madam hassanah Waziri, Oghena Iruduna 1986
Madam Hassanah Waziri & her velvet Voice 1983

01 – Hon. l.o. idonigie (managing director)
—- L.O. idonigie builders
—- Central hotel (auchi)
02 – Emmanuel mhomoh (nig. army)
—- On apina ogbe
03 – Agiegbewo etsako
—- Egbaviegbe
04 – Late ayemoba okolo udaba

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