J.A. Agboola and his Beaming Star vol. 3
Hasbunalau Records 1978

What have we got cooking for you today ?
This record with J.A. Agboola and his Beaming Star contains
Nigerian music, that much is clear. But how to define it is the
question. The rhythms are pointing towards juju, lots of talking
drums and such, the guitar parts and vocals are more highlife
related however. A typical album I would file under juju highlife.
It appears in good condition although from 1978, we’re lucky
to have it. Listen and make up your own mind ..

Goeiemorgen, wat hebben we vandaag voor je uitgezocht ?
Deze plaat met J.A. Agboola and his Beaming Star vol. 3 bevat
Nigeriaanse muziek, zoveel is duidelijk. Hoe deze te definiëren
is de vraag. De ritmes wijzen in de richting van juju, flink wat
talking drums en zo. De gitaren en vokalen echter klinken iets
meer naar highlife. Ik zou dit album daarom juju highlife willen
noemen. Hij verkeert in prima conditie alhoewel uit 1978.
Luister zelf en bedenk wat jij ervan vindt ..

01 – Eiye to ku nitori eso
—- Mase obokan l’obirin odale
—- Alhaji owosho-wonye
02 – Omo wumi o
—- Kulubu eye
—- Beaming star
—- Alhaji monsuru ogungbadero


Young Ade Wesco and his Destiny Dandies
No Left Turn
Ibukun Orisun Iye 1979

At Discogs it is classified as highlife. I do not hear pure highlife
though. I think I hear more juju. We also cannot say it is pure juju,
somewhere in the middle of the two and a bit more juju than highlife.
I would classify it as Juju-Highlife. From 1979 and on Ibukun
Orisun from Lagos, Nigeria. I love it, wonderful sound ..

Ibukun orisun Iye

01 – Ona orun jin
—- Oloko awaye
—- Makanju
—- Igbehin l’alayo mi ta
02 – Jiji ti mo ji
—- Esan a ke l’ori odale


Adeolu Akinsanya & the Western Toppers Band
Baba Eto, Afrodisia 1983

This week I was blown away, listening to this wonderful record again
with Moses Adeolu Akinsanya. I first heard it when I downloaded it
at Afro Soul Descarga in 2012. I took the liberty to freshen up the
files by tagging all the songs and add the correct titles and such.
Posting it now is a tribute to Afrosouldescarga. Go there to
find more great records. Meantime listen to Baba Eto ..


01 – Iyawo eko
02 – Ngo fara mi fun o
03 – Oni temi
04 – Acada
05 – kankan alo
06 – Omode yi
07 – Omo pupa
08 – Awon angeli
09 – Lady eko
10 – Omoge
11 – Mo nwase
12 – Temi ni rosina


Orlando Owoh – Dr. Ganja’s Polytonality Blues
Original Music 1995



Thank you so much Dennis. When reading the article, you reached
us, about John Storm Roberts of the Original Music label, I discovered
another one of his releases in my collection. It concerns the Juju Highlife
of Orlando Owoh. It was waiting for this moment to happen and I’m glad
it did. For more significant information, simply read John Storm Roberts’
liner notes which are in the file, enjoy listening and reading..

Enorm veel dank Dennis. Toen ik het artikel las wat je ons gisteren aanreikte
kwam ik tot de ontdekking dat ik nog zo’n fijne release van het Original Music
label van John Storm Roberts in huis heb. Het betreft deze Juju Highlife plaat
van Orlando Owoh. Hij stond op de plank te wachten tot dit zou gebeuren en
ik ben blij dat dit nu is. Voor meer relevante informatie over de cd verwijs ik
graag naar de ‘liner notes’ van John Storm Roberts welke zich in de file bevinden.

tracks ;

01 – Logba logba, Edumare da mi lihun, E se rere, Prof oyewole
02 – Emi wa wa lowo re, Alun gbere wa de
03 – Easter special, Baba wa silekin, Obinrin asiko lagbo
04 – Cain ati abel, Alhaji t’oyo mayan, Omi l’eman


Sunny Adé and his Green Spot Band
Nigerian’s Juju-Highlife at it’s Best
African Songs Ltd. 1973

Sunny Adé, front, cd size

Sunny Adé and his Green Spot Band made a series of 4 albums called
The Master Guitarist. They were recorded in the famous EMI Studio’s
at Abbey Road London and this LP is ‘The Best of Sunny Adé Master Guitarist’.
I am not sure but if we believe the text on the back, written by some former
owner, it could well be from 1973. Logically, we may conclude it is not from
after 1973. The 4 albums are a collection of his best songs in the first 5 years
of his fame. ( 1966 – 1971 ) Remarkable is the fact the LP contains 12 songs
that stand alone. We are used to find his albums with one or at most two tracks
on one LP-side. I read somewhere, the phenomenon develloped later and in the old
days the songs were much shorter. Also different from his later work is that the
music from this period is called Juju-Highlife instead of just Juju. These songs
are very fresh and expose a young Sunny Adé. Love the chorus.


1 Ija pari
2 Challenge Cup 1967
3 Olalekan salami
4 O le ku
5 Afojudi
6 Ibi lekeleke ti nf’oso
7 Late Alao ( Baba Oja )
8 A nw’oba
9 Adura wa
10 Egbe igbimo
11 Sewele
12 Adeleke Oshinjinrin