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A big thank you goes out to Uchenna Ikonne of Comb & Razor fame and this time not only for his invaluable help in getting this record licensed directly from Mary's family but also for writing the incredible liner notes for the album. There's a unique reason why there was no better man for the job than Uchenna - Mary Afi Usuah was his professor at the Theater Arts department of the University of Calabar.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Monday, December 15, 2014
I know I've been promising this one for years but now. Academy Lps and Voodoo Funk will release this record as their first joined release of 2015. We have managed to secure the licensing from band member Kofi 'Elecric' Addison who also provided us with some mind bending band pictures. Stay tuned for one of the most anticipated Afro Funk releases ever. The CD version will contain both Marijata albums!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The First Planet 12" concludes our Lagos Disco Inferno series.
Each first edition comes in a special deluxe packaging: Full colour company sleeve plus a fold-out 12"x24" poster. Get them while they last, we will continue pressing these but only the first 1.000 copies of each 12" will come with the poster!
It's not all about the packaging though: The remastering was done at Abbey Road Studios and the grooves on these babies were cut super wide and extra deep for maximum impact. They're an absolute pleasure to play out!
Afro-space-disco contagion — shuffling and wiggling, synthy and bubbling — First Planet was a re-incarnation of band leader Willy Nfor’s funk rock band the Mighty Flames in an effort to update his band as a disco outfit. Most of the musicians here came from Cameroon and were drawn to Nigeria in the late-1970s by its heavy new funk sound.
The name First Planet and the cover artwork were a nod to the outer-space imagery of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Vincent Omoko and some of his fellow Planeteers would later travel to Port Harcourt, working in Geraldo Pino’s band for several years.
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Boogie-down cosmic funk from late-seventies Nigeria — like full-throttle Roy Ayers, at his most brilliant. "I love myself" is packed with ridiculously heavy breakdowns.
Jimi Lee Adams packs his inner Hendrix off to Funky Town; the horns are the horniest; Mona runs it all down with an irresistible West African tilt. Afro-jazz scorchers, both sides.
Breaking through with The Sunflowers in Nigeria's late-sixties soul explosion, Mona moved to the US after the group's equipment was destroyed in a car accident. There she was active in the new jazz scene, before returning home towards the end of the seventies, and forming The Sensationals with guitarist Jimi Lee Adams. An unsung pioneer, Mona was Nigeria's first female pop bandleader.
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Classy, spaced funk, originally issued in 1981 by Phonodisk, the most ambitious Nigerian label at that time. Recruiting a crack team of predominantly Cameroonian musicians, with the Nigerian dancefloor on tenterhooks, producer Tony Essien was on the lookout for a successor to singer Kris Okotie, who had abruptly defected to EMI. Rising to the challenge, BD enthusiastically fronts two sides of brilliant, devil-may-care disco, with the Mighty Flames band and co bringing nuff buff Roy Ayers, Kool And The Gang and Chic to the party.
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Eno Louis (the spelling on the poster is missing the "s", an error made by whoever put together the original record cover -we decided to keep it like it is) today Eno lives in his home town Benin City and is still very much active in the local music scene. In the mid 1970s he lived at Fela's Kalakuta Republic and after the Army assault on the compound he fled to the US for a couple of years. After returning to Nigeria, Eno became one of the big players in the Disco Funk scene and recorded and played with Pogo Ltd, Amas Grill, Chris Okotie, Oby Onyioha, Chris Mba, Dizzy K Falola, Harry Mosco, Pat Finn and the Super Elcados just to name a few. At the same time he also remained deeply rooted in traditional Edo music and played with Benin City Highlife powerhouse The Talents Of Benin. It is the Edo Funk influence that makes "Move" such a special track to me. You better believe, just like every single other release in this 12" Disco Maxi series this one never fails to ignite the dance floor as the trainspotters hurry to the dj booth to find out just what in the hell that ridiculously heavy beat is coming from.
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Only a couple of years after recording "Float", one of the most acclaimed Nigerian Psych Rock albums, Tirogo put out "Aiyé People", a Disco Funk record that is just as unusual and musically brilliant as it is unattainably rare. You might remember one track from this album, "Dancing Machine" from the Lagos Disco Inferno double album.
This Maxi Single features two more standout tracks from "Aiyé People":
The fittingly titled "Disco Maniac" (because he's disco crazy, absolutely crazy crazy) is loaded chock-full with bubbling moog, blistering horns and even a flute solo, all conspiring to "blow your soul on fire". On the flipside "We Like To Party" elaborates on how "...it feels so funky yeah playing in a disco band..." and delivers some truly cosmic synth workouts laid out over a manic groove that will softly sink its fangs into your flesh and infect you with a severe case of tropical, Nigerian disco fever.
Purchase from your trusted local dealer or order online from Honest Jons where you can also listen to sound clips from both tunes.
Almost sold out so don't forget to also secure yourself a copy of this fine record: This was the first in this series of Nigerian Disco 12"s to be released on my very own Voodoo Funk imprint.
Exclusively distributed by Honest Jon's these will all be available at your local record store but you can also listen to sound clips and order online here.
Tony Grey usually gets mostly credited for his killer early Afro Rock Lps and 45s but I've seen these two disco bangers set dancefloors ablaze in Brooklyn, LA, Berlin, Finland, Belgium and South Easy Asia so consider both tracks to be a sure shot to get crowds go crazy at any club or house party.
All Maxi 12"s come in a red hot company sleeve, accompanied by a sexy 12"x24" poster to slap on your wall. We had the posters folded and packed in front of the record so this is what this baby will look like from the backside:
To celebrate the Lagos Disco Inferno 12"series I came up with a brand new t-shirt design. Get them over at Dizzyjam
One of the rarest and most desirable Ghanaian 45s and definitely the heaviest two funk tracks ever to be recorded by The Cutlass Dance Band. As with all of our 45s, this record was licensed directly from the artists.
And here are two stone cold Afro Funk bangers by Los Issifu and his Moslems. Directly licensed from the man himself and we are also in the process of tracking down the tapes for two so far unreleased albums by Los Issifu!
These sound files are not remastered recordings, the finished 45 will sound crisp, clean and heavy.
Get them at Academy's online store
Each 45 in this series is limited to 1.000 copies.
This one is almost 90 minutes long and showcases the type of tunes I'm into these days... starting with various Funk & Disco favorites, followed by some seriously heavy Edo Funk Benin City style before wrapping things up with a few unknown and deep, deep Afrobeat tunes. Click on the image and get sweaty! Here's another Nigerian Disco and Boogie mix:
"Pazy (real name Joseph Etinagbedia) started playing music in the Fire Flies in the city of Warri in Nigeria in 1973. The area was in the midst of an oil boom, and like most bands on that scene, the Fire Flies played American and European pop hits mixed with Jazz and Highlife for the largely expat audiences in local clubs. Along with an influx of foreigners, the oil boom also gave rise to an emerging Nigerian youth market, and soon Pazy formed the Black Hippies to play the uniquely African style of hard rock that was favored by this new audience. They quickly found success and were appearing alongside other Warri-based artists such as Tony Grey. In short time, they came to the attention of EMI and their legendary producer Odion Iruoje, who recorded this album. By the time it was released in 1977, though, Disco and Funk were starting to take over and the hard fuzzy rock of The Black Hippies first album was somewhat behind the times. As a result, the album was barely released and is now virtually unfindable, unseen by all but a few of the most hardcore collectors. Pazy would go on to form a new line up of the Black Hippies that played mostly Reggae but this remains by far the best album. Featuring whiplash funk drumming, searing fuzz guitar, raw vocals and that uniquely West African organ sound, The Black Hippies first album is a definitive classic of the genre. Beautifully remastered with restored artwork, this release stands alongside our Ofege and Psychedelic Aliens releases as restored gems from a largely unknown but incredibly vital Rock scene in 70's West Africa." TRACKLIST: 1 - Doing It In The Street 2 - I Have The Love On You 3 - Love 4 - The World Is Great 5 - You Are My Witness * Licensed directly from Pazy (Band Leader, Lead Singer and Guitarist) . * Includes awesome 12" x 24" poster! Buy it at Academy Lp's online store
Monsoon season had me stuck at the house for a couple of rainsoaked weeks so I got busy and put together a new mix with some tasty Nigerian Disco, Funk and Boogie records that my friend Damian recently sent me over from Lagos. Click on the image and get ready to get down: I also made a bunch of new T-shirt designs for my online store over at Dizzyjam! All designs are available in regular S, M, L and XL as well as in tight girl's sizes and in a huge variety of customizable color combinations. These are printed with heavy duty plastisol transfers which do not fade or wash out. I've been putting mine through a lot of abuse over the years and they still look as sharp as ever.