Oriental Brothers International – Oriental’s Special,Afrodisia 1975

Oriental Brothers International, front, cd size

The Oriental Brothers International is one of Nigeria’s most
important highlife bands, their popularity spanned some two
decades. On this LP from 1975 leadership is in the hands of
G. Kabaka Opara. The group’s cast changed quite a few times.
I found this funny video to accompany this album’s final track.
Hope U enjoy !

tracks;

1 Oriental’s special
2 Osa enwe akwu
3 Onyeoma nmadu ‘eji egbuya
4 Ihe onye eche
5 Ihe oma adighi onye oso
6 Otu’nwa

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Oliver de Coque and his Expo ’76 – I Salute Africa,Olumo 1979

From 1979 is this one by the great looking Oliver de Coque.
I love the background vocals on this LP and the stacato guitars
in track #3. It was requested by Alexsam and I was so lucky to
have it. Now everybody’s happy, you, he and me too, enjoy it.

tracks;

1 People’s Club of Nigeria
– Kayi bilibe ndu
2 I salute Africa
3 All fingers are not equal

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Oliver de Coque and his Expo ’76 Ogene Sound Super of Africa -Identity, Olumo Records Limited 1980

Oliver de Coque was a master in appearing exentric on his covers.
How do you like this 1980 version of his majesty, complete with
feather- duster and crown, shining like a new crowned king. Even
the textual lay-out is totally cool, I just love these covers. And then
the music of course is about his identity among other topics.
Nigerian highlife with lots of splendid guitars, listen to Oliver
de Coque and his Expo 76 Ogene Sound Super of Africa.

tracks;

1 Uwa bu aja
– Ije ewele
– Kano / Gombe special
2 Identity
3 Nwa bu ife ukwu

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Super Negro Bantous -Marriage Promise,Rogers All Stars

Super Negro Bantous, front, cd size

On Rogers All Stars this sweet LP by the Super Negro Bantous.
It is very hard to find some decent information on this group, I’ve
been looking around but did not really find any. Their sound is a
bright and strong sparkling Nigerian highlife with sublime guitar
and rhythms that make you wanna move, so give in and let go.
This Lp must be from around 1983 I guess.
So put aside table and chairs,
these are the Super Negro Bantous!

tracks;

1 Marriage promise
2 When I lost my job
3 Trouble and jealousy
4 Bekosse

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Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey& his Inter-Reformers Band -Eko Ila, Decca West Africa 1974

The juju-train rolls on and on, with those one track LP sides it’s hard
to detemine where one title goes over into the next. This results in a
two track file where in fact we hear 12 songs. Since I also don’t under-
stand a word of Nigerian, the voices are like instruments to me aswell.
Step on and let the Chief Commander take you on a Yoruba juju ride.

tracks;

1 Fimi lokan bale oluwa
2 Araiye e ma pa kadara mi da
3 Mase ri talent re mole
4 Ko seni to mola
5 Alhaji chief M.K.O. Abiola
6 Akorikoda
7 Epo ila gbara re lowo obe
8 Ise owo mi a to mi je
9 Ada tomu sansan
10 Ogun aiye kan kole ri wa mu
11 E se amin adura
12 Wundia ti ko ba loko

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Oliver de Coque and his Expo 79 – Jomo Kenyatta,Olumo 1979

We have seen a few Oliver de Coque’s before at the GG but
today’s LP has something different. I don’t know how but
this one sounds somehow more original. And a funny thing
is the fact that his band is called Expo 79 on this LP, while
on all other albums it’s called Expo 76. Maybe an occasional
joke, 1979 was the year of release.
I think Oliver displays superb guitarplay on this album, so all
together, beautiful LP. This one is for John Beadle, I saw you
were looking for it’s titles John, here they are.

tracks;

1 Ife uwa abu nike
– Nke chi nyelonye
2 Jomo Kenyatta
3 It is good to be good

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I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Original Dairo Hits,Afrodisia 1986

I’ve got a little extra for you tonight, I.K. Dairo’s juju is different.
He uses guitar and accordeon and gives the songs a touch
of gospel while keeping the flowing beats and rhythms going.
Check this out Cole.

tracks;

1 Salome
2 Labutu yeke
3 Late Chief Shonibare
4 Ise aje
5 Omo alaro
6 Erere muture
7 Ladejola oginni
8 Ise owo-mi-mo-nje
9 Elele ture
10 Aye wa kale

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Imo Brothers International Band – Uwa Ekwe Nmeta,Led by Fiddey Onwuneme alias Babwire,Afrodisia 1982

Imo Brothers, front, cd size

Last night I did not get through at Mediafire, they were exercising
some kind of maintanance. Today when I woke up, everything looked
normal again and I was able to upload.

They called him Babwire, the leader of this band, but his real name
is Fiddey Onwuneme. Another Nigerian Highlife group who made it to
go international, it seems all African groups had International
behind their name in those days, especially in Nigeria. Nevertheless
this is a fine group of musicians who deserve to be heard, it’s their
fifth album and I like it a lot, sweet guitars, strong voices.

tracks;

1 Uwa ekwe nmeta
2 Ka anayo chukwu
3 Onwe ndidi nwe nmeri

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Rocafill Jazz 76, Rogers All Stars 1976

Do you know what song was the biggest African hit ever?
It was Prince Nico Mbarga’s ‘Sweet_Mother’. Today’s album
must have been released not long before it, also in 1976
but Nico Mbarga was not yet mentioned on the cover, just
Rocafill Jazz. It is probably their first LP and personally
I think it is better than it’s follower. What do you think ?

tracks;

1 Man don tire
2 Suffer de

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Dr. Orlando Owoh – In Great Britain,Decca West Africa 1972

Dear Groovers around the Globe, it was a great year, and
I’m sure the next one is going to be magnificent too.
How about that for a little optimism? I wish you all the
very best of luck and health, and lots of beautiful music.

tracks;

1 Olorun oba dawa lohun
– Omo nieeria to nbe lajo
– J.A. Odusanya
– Ope fun egbe West African Friendship Association
– Nigeria adara
– Aiye nyi lo
2 Send-off in Nigeria
– Reception in Britain
– Orlando boys
– Provincial tour of Britain
– A dele bare
– Mo roye yi mo je

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General Prince Adekunle and his Supersonic Sounds,Awodi Nfo Ferere, Ibukun Orisun Iye Records 1976

Late post tonight, I blew a recording earlier and had to start
all over. What have we got ? This is an album by one of the
greatest juju masters. Sir Shina Peters and Segun Adewale made
their name with the band of Prince Adekunle but reached much
bigger public than their teacher did. Although less known world-
wide, Prince Adekunle’s music belongs to Nigeria’s very best.
Most pages state this LP is from 1975 but this label clearly says ’76.

tracks;

1 Awodi nfo ferere
– Banuso ma beniaso
– Meta meta lore
– Iwaju lao ma lo
– Jossy olatunji shofunwa
– E ma fiwon sepe
2 Omo niyi omo nide
– A ki nromo ra loja
– Ma se’ka iwo ore
– Esan nbo wa

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King Sunny Adé and his African Beats – Synchro Series,Sunny Alade Records 1983

King Sunny Adé, front, cd size

Some juju for your saturdaynight. This album is a compilation
of some old favourites with new adaptions, as KSA describes it.
You’d have to see this being said in 1983 of course. Special on
this LP, to my opinion, is the instrumental version of his big
hit ‘Ja fun mi’. It makes me think of the dubversions like in
reggae music, complete with delay, echoes and other sound effects.

tracks;

1 Synchro Series
2 Mo ti mo
3 Ja fun mi ( instrumental )
4 Maajo

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African System International,Rogers All Stars 1983

African System International, front, cd size

We have seen two albums by African System Orchestra, one from
1978 and one from 1981. I am affraid to make the same mistake
again so is this the same band in a later stage or another band ?
I truly don’t know, you tell me.

tracks;

1 Amina
2 Selika
3 Babilons
4 Bolingo

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Sunny Adé & his African Beats – Festac ’77,Sunny Alade Records 1977

King Sunny Adé, front, cd size

Live registration of Sunny Adé’s performance at the 2nd World Black
and African Festival of Arts and Culture. Recorded live at City Hall,
Lagos between 15th january and 12th february 1977.

tracks;

1 Welcome to Nigeria
( reunion of the black people )
– Bimo laya tiko lewa
– Oba elejigbo
– Alhaji Monso / Bayo abass
– Ema na omo balogun
– Abimbola akande
– Faka fiki faka
2 Baba mode
– Gboro mi yewo
– Kitakita o dola
– Omo jaiyejaiye nimi
– Erora
– Keremuye
– Aihan igo tai

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