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

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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

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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

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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

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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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I.K. Dairo M.B.E. and his Blue Spot Band -Unity in Nigeria, Happy Records 1978

I.K. Dairo is called ‘Father of Juju’. On this 1978 LP, he
brings us juju with a unique sound. With his accordeon he turned
yoruba juju into a complete new style. The instrument always
makes me feel at home straight away, it’s warm sound creates an
atmosphere so friendly, there’s no way around it.

tracks;

1 Alhaji Waziri Ibrahim
– Oko fatimo meta
– Eyin elegan e panu mo
– Oluwa lo m’ehin ola
2 E ba mi wa olo mi
– Omoge ti o m’okunrin
– Olo yin mo fi bara idikoge
– Fun mi ni temi

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Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and his International Brothers,Decca 1973

I’m in a good mood today so here’s some juju to round up.
Listening to this album, there’s a couple of passages that make
you think of an early X-mas but other, holy cow,
it’s damn good juju.

tracks;

1 Odun keresimisi
– Irinse lo jona obey o jona
– Irin ajo
– Ile oba to jo
2 ka so wo po
– Oro ibi pelu iyawo
– Oro oko pelu obi
– Olatunbosun banmeke

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Alhaji ( Chief ) Professor Kollington Ayinla and his Fuji ’78 Organisation -Blessing, Kollington Records 1988

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The more I listen to fuji, the more I like it. It’s drums can take
you on a journey, sweeet. Two big names in fuji-land, Sikiru Ayinde
Barrister and Kollington Ayinla. I think they’re both great.

tracks;

1 E ye ika se
– Oromo adie fo
– Ko s’ohun tan o le fi gberaga
– Adio shile
– Won ti gbe oye fun mi
2 Pataki l’omo
– To ba jisoro mi
– Engineer Olatunji / iya suna
– Odun titun de
– Ao toro emi gesa fun enia
– Ki aiye ma gbagbe mi

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Dele Abiodun – Adawa Super Sound, Shanachie 1985

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Dele Abiodun combined elements of Juju, Highlife and Afrobeat
to create his unique Adawa Super Sound. The songs are cut of and
must have been way longer originally but I think
they’re still worth a spin.

tracks;

1 Confrontation
2 Alalo moko
3 Adawa super dub
4 You are my love
5 Mo wo otun
– Ore dani oto pon
– Eje iga foro kofa odale
– Kowo kowo
– Oje le me na

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King Sunny Adé and the New African Beats -Jealousy, Atom Park 1987

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In the continuing story of King Sunny Adé, we find this album
from 1987. King Sunny wears diamond leather and a golden watch
and sings about jealousy but the music’s still sweet and that’s what
it’s all about, talking drums and Hawaï guitars. Count me in.

tracks;

1 Sokoyokoto
– Honey baby
– Pegan pegan
– Jealousy
– Ere ayo
2 Late Papa Obafemi Awolowo

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