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  • 01. Alpha And Omega
    02. Soul Fever
    03. Unqualified
    04. Guns For Freedom
    05. Love And Peace
    06. Get Up And Dance
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    BENIS CLETIN

    Alpha & Omega

    [engl] In the mid eighties FM radio stations took over the airwaves in Nigeria. They wanted fresh new styles to play andin creasingly radio personalities like Bisi Olatilo, Ruime Effetie and Shea Martins were turning to reggae. Nigeria’s Freak Father Number One, Benis Cletin, saw the writing on the wall and created his deeply philosophical roots reggae opus, ‘Alpha & Omega’. Benis delivered a set of songs that tapped unashamedly into reggae’s message of peace and love. The title track is a philosophical opus on the state of the world and how to live in it. ‘Unqualified’ warns against letting others tell you how to live. ‘Guns for Freedom’ is more militant call to arms, undercut by a lilting flute line from the legendary Eji Oyewole. Benis didn’t completely abandon his freaky, funky roots. ‘Soul Fever’ is a slab of synth-driven boogie and ‘Get Up And Dance’ is pure funk with that typical Benis freak edge. But overall, ‘Alhpa and Omega’ is designed to soothe the minds of the oppressed in this unjust world - an African roots reggae classic that sounded great on FM radio.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    06.09.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191234
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    06.09.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191227
     
  • 01. Ganja (Ganja)
    02. 5th Bethoven Africana
    03. Boogie Fever
    04. Dance For Love
    05. African Hustle
    06. Shake Shake Shake
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    BENIS CLETIN

    Jungle Magic

    [engl] Considered an acid boogie classic, Jungle Magic is a cosmic transmission from the early days of Nigerian disco. The bass lines are lethal. The synths are fat and squelchy. And the groove is non-stop and primal. Channeling the jungle gods of funk and introducing them to Donna Summers, the title track, ‘Jungle Magic’, takes you to a freaky place you didn’t know existed but never want to leave. ‘Love Forever’ brings a Calypso party vibe while ‘Fireman’ suggests Prince may have been listening to Benis when he wrote ‘Alphabet Street’. The album was composed and produced by Benis Cletin. He also played guitar and synthesizer and sang lead vocals. George Achini from the Mighty Flames stars on bass and Mambo Sticks, Nigeria’s leading disco drummer, lays down the rock solid grooves. Benis went on to release three more albums, which will be re-issued by PMG soon. Jungle Magic remains the album where he introduced his irresistible brand of psychedelic disco funk to world.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190329
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190336
     
  • 01. It's Time For Nation Building
    02. National Pledge
    03. 1979
    04. Calling Health Men/ Police
    05. Tears In The Ghetto
    06. Dedicated To You
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    BERKELY IKE JONES

    Nation Building

    [engl] Nation Building is a real forgotten gem from the late '70s and is among the very best Afro-Beat Disco Lps ever. Berkely Ike Jones is one of the icons of the Nigerian scene being the guitarist and founder of BLO (forthcoming on PMG). BLO were one of the very best progressive bands from Nigeria and managed to release several albums for EMI (Nigeria) and Afrodisia Records. BLO are definitely a ground-breaking band, that managed to further establish the entire Afro-Funk genre. At the time Ginger Baker of Cream went to travel to Nigeria and invited Berkely Ike Jones to be part of session-band Salt. They went back to UK and toured in Europe. Berkely Ike Jones played with many bands like with Ofege on their Try and Love album and he also appeared on many other great albums by artists like Steve Black, Lijadu Sisters, Tee Mac, Kris Okotie, Sonny Okosuns Ozziddi, 'Blackman' Akeeb Kareem, Mixed Grill, Don Bruce And The Angels and Felix Lebarty. Nation Building is his solo project recorded in the late 1970s on Skylark Records. The original LP is extremely rare and very expensive, so this is your chance to grab your copy and listen to some really great Afro-Beat music.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190244
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190206
     
  • 01. Living With Friends
    02. Te Revior
    03. Rain
    04. She's Got All I Want
    05. Free Love
    06. Revolution
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    BETA YAMA GROUP, THE

    Free Love

    [engl] It’s hard to get a handle on Nigerian musicians Nash Dodoo, Charlie Cuul and Jonas Caulley. In 1980 they released an album of face-melting gospel boogie as the BML chapels. And in the same year, calling themselves the Beta Yama Group, they put out Free Love, a belated love letter to San Francisco’s Summer of Love and an album altogether focused on more worldly concerns. Free Love is a small slice of Haight-Ashbury transported to the Polygram Studios in Lagos. ‘Te Revoir’ is Mamas and Papas jamming with Sergeant Pepper’s Beatles. ‘Free Love’ offers a respectful nod towards Je T’aime-era Serge Gainsbourg. Sure, ‘Revolution’ gets hard and funky and ‘Rain’ flirts briefly with a calypso reggae sound, but the majority of the album is cheesecloth and flowers in your hair. Insanely rare – and worth buying for the freaky cover art alone – Free Love is a funky, reverb heavy call for love, peace and sweet, sweet loving. What more could you want from an album?
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190664
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190671
     
  • 01. Africa Mawa
    02. Djwa Yango
    03. Sensible
    04. L’Amour
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    BIBI DEN’S TSHIBAYI

    Sensible

    [engl] A great mix of Zouk, Afro-Funk and Boogie from the Ivory Coast, 1983. Cool synths, electric guitar, Afro-Caribbean rhythms... Four long tracks, including the massive afro-disco-boogie “Africa Mawa” plus two cool afro/Zouk tracks and a deep ballad with psych guitar. Featuring Congolese musician Denis Bibi Den’s Thsibayi and his band The Best, “Sensible” was recorded at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, after Denis Tshibayi was requested to play live there. M. Sacko helped with the production / edition and the album was originally released first as a tiny private pressing in the Ivory Coast and later in France on the Tangent label. During that time, Denis Thsibayi also recorded for Earthworks/Rough Trade and in the following decades he recorded with Adrian Sherwood (On-U Sound Records), Alpha Blondy, etc.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    14.02.2019
    EAN
    EAN 4040824088736
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    14.02.2019
    EAN
    EAN 4040824088743
     
  • 01. Boogie Saturday
    02. In Search Of Yesterday
    03. The Eye That Can't See
    04. Working Together
    05. Instrumental
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    BLACK CHILDREN SLEDGE FUNK GROUP

    Vol. 3: Aviation Grand Father

    [engl] In the mid-seventies Nigeria, everybody loved the Black Children Sledge Funk Co. Band. Blasting out of the bustling river port of Onitsha, their infectious, feel-good grooves were the perfect antidote to the dark economic clouds gathering over the country. Nigerians, young and old, lapped it up. Every member of the band had played with The Strangers. Michael Hammedatha Moore, sang and wrote the songs. Daniel Carlos Yakubu played guitar. Jerry Freeman Nwokolo was on keyboards. And Benson Teteh played the drums. As a gimmick, everyone in the band changed their last name to Black. They didn’t need to. Their music ­– a sunny African blend of jazz, R’n’B, rock and funk – was extraordinary enough. ‘Boogie Saturday’ is a Kool & The Gang-style celebration, guaranteed to get even the most reluctant dancer up on the floor. ‘In Search Of Yesterday’, ‘The Eye That Can’t See’ and ‘Working Together’ bring the meaning to the groove, before an instrumental provides a suitably sweaty finale. Ask any Nigerian and they’ll tell you: Vol. 3 Aviation Grand Father is a party on a platter. Put it on and get yours started.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191395
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191401
     
  • 01. Back In Time
    02. Dance In A Circle
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    BLO

    Back in Time

    [engl] The cover tells you everything you need to know about this stomping double-sider. It’s as white as Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever suit with the band’s name emblazoned in gold across the front. We’re talking early 80’s sophistication here, with a killer groove designed to let you show off all your moves and still look as classy as hell. By the late 70s and early 80s, disco was king in Nigeria and BLO were under pressure to follow the trend. Typically, they did it their own way, with slinky bass lines, Nile Rodgers guitar licks and a beat guaranteed to make you move. The Afrobeat and psyche rock stylings were gone, but the tightness and funkiness that comes from laying down rock hard grooves for over a decade remains. Long out of circulation, with copies going for silly money on Discogs, this killer 12” is back through PMG. You know what to do. Whack it on your turntable, ‘Go Back In Time’ and ‘Dance In A Circle’.
    Format
    12''
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190558
     
  • 01. Make your body dance
    02. Bulky backside
    03. Get that groove in
    04. Suspicion
    05. Neutron bag
    06. No more brother
    07. Loving caring
    08. Roots
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    BLO

    Bulky Backside - BLO Is Back

    [engl] In opposite to other Nigerian acts which hardly got known beyond the borders of their homeland, BLO were always very popular in the Western world. Accompanying Ginger Baker of CREAM fame was the first step to break them into the western popular music market of the 70s and what followed could be called an African fairy tale. Still this, their fifth album from 1979, waited a long time for a proper reissue, especially on hot black wax with originals in good conditions fetching prices of 300 € and more. EVERLAND MUSIC had merci with the fans of pure late 70s disco funk who adore such killer units as EARTH, WIND & FIRE or HOT CHOCOLATE or probably the then modified TEMPTATIONS which all were leading figures of the real music department in the disco scene. If you say tight, you gotta mean „tight“. Every groove, every note, every harmony sits where it should sit to drive the tune itself further and further with an everflowing energy that hits the legs and the soul of the listener. The tunes are all memorable and you will find yourself humming along those melodies even if the black vinyl is not spinning on your turntable. A goal hardly achieved by the masses of late 1970s disco funk projects. You see, these cats are a real unit, real musicians with an aim aside from just making money. Still this is music to escape harsh reality to. The slick and crisp production helps to make each song swallowing your thoughts and refilling your mind with a flush of colours. The feeling is glamourous and silky, the music ensnares your spirit and cloaks you while your body moves constantly on through the whole time this record spins and spins. Technically well performed, written with a great hand for catchiness, these potential hit songs should be known by each and every fan of 1970s disco funk.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184991
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473185004
     
  • 01. Trace Of Suicide
    02. Scandi Boogie
    03. You're So Kind
    04. Music Makes You Happy
    05. Number One
    06. Save Me
    07. Move Up
    08. I Miss Your Lovin'
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    BLO

    Phase IV

    [engl] Phase IV is BLO at the height of their not inconsiderable powers. Buzzing after a hugely successful tour of Denmark and Norway, the Afro Funk trio returned to London in 1975 and headed straight into the Orange Studios to get the magic down on tape. BLO had been fixtures on the Nigerian scene since they started out as Clusters International in 1970. The original ‘O’ in the band, bassist Mike Odumosu, had left to join Osibisa by Phase IV, (although he appears on the cover and gets a vocal credit) and was replaced by velvet-voiced keyboardist, Otu Udofa. Berkley Jones’s guitar work is still immense – have a listen to ‘Scandi Boogie’ and ‘Music Make You Happy’. And the sweet breakdowns by drummer Laolu Akins on ‘Number One’ made it an instant B-Boy Breakdance classic. Rightly regarded as the holy grail of Afro Boogie, Phase IV is an extraordinary blend of highlife, rock, blues and soul that sounds just as good through headphones as it does on the dancefloor. Turn it up loud. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com / "These guys were known as CLUSTERS INTERNATIONAL when I was their lead singer in Lagos in 1970. We then moved with TEE MAC and started THE AFRO COLLECTION under a new management. They later changed the music scene in Nigeria when they started a very funky three piece band known as B L O. They were very tight and played Nigerian funk which is a blend of highlife, rock with a trace of blues. It wasn't a surprise when they quickly conquered Lagos and other parts of Nigeria with their unique style of music and performance and moved to London where Phase 4 was recorded. Before this they had several hits in Nigeria. After a very successful tour of six cities in Denmark and four cities in Norway, they returned to London and straight into Orange Studios where Phase 4 was recorded. This vinyl in your hand is that very Phase 4 album. It is the accumulation of many years of experience with their unique style of music. It is dancable, you can also sit down and listen to it, you can party with it too. Which ever way, B L O Phase 4 is sure to blow your mind.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190343
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190350
     
  • 01. Boju Boju
    02. Scott Angel
    03. Where Is The Answer
    04. Light My Fire
    05. Make It True Love
    06. No Place To Hide
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    BURNIS

    Light My Fire

    [engl] Search the name ?Burnis Moleme' and the returns are sparse. You?ll discover that his track ?Where Is The Answer? appeared on Soundway?s excellent Nigerian disco compilation, Doin? It In Lagos. And there are a few entries about this PMG re-issue of Light My Fire. But other than that, he seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. He?s not even a minister of religion, the career path most Nigerian stars from the 80s chose to follow. Thankfully, we still have Light My Fire. Produced by former Funkee Jake Sollo and backed by a hot team of session musos including Friday Pozo, Nkono Teles and Joseph ?Jojo? Kuo, Burnis delivered a slab of slick Afro Disco Boogie for the ages. ?Boju Boju? and ?Where Is The Answer? would start a party on any dance floor, while the title track would keep you on it until dawn. Burnis had a sensitive side too, showcased on tracks like ?Scott Angel? and ?No Place To Hide?. I suspect Burnis Moleme was simply a casualty of the Nigerian label wars between EMI, Phondisk and Tabansi in the early 80?s. Tabansi hoped that Burnis might be the next Kris Okotie, but Felix Liberty took that mantle instead. But that does take away from what ?Light My Fire? is ? a beautifully produced slice of Nigerian disco boogie by a guy who could write catchy songs, sing like a sex god and look good in a shiny purple suit. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    06.11.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191081
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    20.10.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191098
     
  • 01. My Ancestors
    02. Trouble Maker
    03. Lonely Night
    04. Coffin Maker
    05. Oh Yeh Yeh
    06. Fisherman
    07. I’ve Been Losing
    08. Feeling Good
    09. Gone Forever
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    CHRISSY ZEBBY TEMBO

    My Ancestors

    [engl] It could be argued that this is one of the greatest rock n’ roll records of all time! Straight from Zambia, we have My Ancestors, a tough rock and roll masterpiece like no other. Overdriven fuzz guitars, pop melodies and even a Black Sabbath-esque song. Must be heard to be believed. Originally released in 1976, My Ancestors is an essential album from Zambia’s Zamrock scene. Brimming with lo-fi fuzzed-out guitar, the album travels the darker undercurrents of 70s rock and roll, warping and heightening the influences of Jimi, the Stones, the Beatles, Deep Purple, and James Brown. 27 year old Chrissy “Zebby” Tembo provided drums and vocals while Paul Ngozi of the illustrious Ngozi Family was responsible for the aggressive guitar leads. An absolute stunner we’re glad to see in print again!!!
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    17.09.2021
     
  • 01. Funk With Me
    02. Weak For You
    03. Sat,Nite (Is A Party Nite)
    04. Tribute To Bob Marley
    05. 10 Years In Love
    06. Don't Make Me Cry
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    DANNY OFFIA

    Funk With Me

    [engl] Danny Offia?s Funk With Me is a prime slab of Nigerian Boogie. Sinewy and urbane, it?s the soundtrack of Lagos in the early eighties. The city was awash with oil money, clubs were booming and every night was a party night ? the perfect place for a man with a great voice, a white suit and seductively-clutched packet of B&H Golds. Funk With Me was recorded in London with a crack team of session musicians. Drummer Blair Cunningham was from Memphis and had played with Robert Johnson. Sax player Ray Carless was regarded as the London jazz scene?s best-kept secret. Engineer Duncan Bridgeman would go on to work with Duran Duran. Danny Offia brought the songs and the Lagos attitude. ?Funk With Me? is a certified party starter. ?10 Years In Love? and ?Weak For You? are sophisticated groovers. ?Sat Nite (Is A Party Nite)? is guaranteed to get any girl on the dancefloor, while ?Don?t Make Me Cry? is smooth enough take her home. Funk With Me is Lagos in an album ? cosmopolitan, sexy and witty with an energy and spirit, all of its own. - Peter Moore, www.africanrevolutions.com
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    06.11.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191043
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.07.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191050
     
  • 01. Past Present And Future
    02. Disillusioned Man
    03. Another Country
    04. Hymn To Mother Earth
    05. Mercy (Variation No. 1)
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    DEMON FUZZ

    Afreaka!

    [engl] Plus 3 bonus tracks! These folks were all England based but originated from quite a few former Commonwealth countries with many having African roots. Back in 1968 before they became DEMON FUZZ (The Devil’s child) the musicians started as a typical soul music group but following a trip to Morocco they had opened their minds and broadened their musical vision towards a conglomerate of jazz, African roots music, psychedelic sounds, blues, powerful rock and tinges of funk and soul music. The multi ethnical band felt like playing multi ethnically influenced rock for the club and festival audiences all over the UK who were craving for the next hot sensation. And despite their sensational musical vision and captivating compositions DEMON FUZZ never made it further than a cult band. Anyway, what they deliver here is progressive even for its time and still groovy and hypnotizing enough to fill the dancefloors of the most hip underground clubs. Great saxophone lines (or are these melodies created by a sax?) over polyrhythmic groove patterns will drive each fan of bands like SOFT MACHINE and COLOSSEUM nutz. You can bet. There is the mandatory cover version included here, “Another country”, originally played by THE ELECTRIC FLAG, which received another cover treatment from Leicester based heroes PESKY GEE! , later to be known as BLACK WIDOW. Both English bands do an awesome job on it and DEMON FUZZ get the most psychedelia out of their open jazz saxophone improvisations over a smooth, repetitive rhythm pattern in the long middle section. This tune must have been written by the Devil himself to deprive you of your soul. The soul is indeed what this composition has been all about ever since, the essence of soul music but the way it got spiced up with so many extraordinary and exotic elements makes it one of these ever flourishing youthful anthems of progressive rock and pop from the late 60s, the pioneer days of progressive music. The further you get on this album the more greatness you will experience. Fans of the jazz and rock amalgam of the Canterbury scene will definitely get excited when they stumble over “Afreaka”. Each not gets played with so much love and passion, with a nearly demonic lust and an irresistible joy of life despite some melancholic undertones. The progressive breakouts that flow directly into the one or another boiling psyche soul cauldron come as naturally as they can come. They belong here and are one color of so many. Go and experience this beautiful record yourself if you can take a strong alloy of PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, COLOSSEUM, WAR, GINGER BAKER’S AIRFORCE, MILES DAVIS, OSIBISA, BLACK WIDOW, IF and NUCLEUS.
    Format
    LP lim
    Release-Datum
    05.12.2015
    EAN
    EAN 5291103812286
     
  • 01. Better Than Walking Out
    02. Lovin' You Is So Easy
    03. Woman (Instrumental)
    04. Our Love Is Special
    05. I Second That Emotion
    06. Woman
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    DISCO LADIES

    Three's Company...

    [engl] This is a long overdue reissue of a fantastic album! Here we find a pure disco classic from the US scene of the late 70s. The original copies retail at plus $300, that’s only if you can find one at all! So those who love to spin good music, but are unwilling or unable to lay down too much money can now lend an ear to this fine vinyl! The opening track is 6.5 minutes long and consists of ongoing grooves with a hint of rock thanks to the melodic lead guitar. The driving rhythms are irresistible with soulful and strong female lead vocals that capture you right away. This reminds me strongly of the lengthy Donna summer dance classic, released during the same period ‘Better than walking out’ which became a dance floor sweeper. There is nothing complicated here, just sheer groove interwoven with catchy melodies. “Lovin‘ you is so easy“ follows and is a mid-paced soul anthem that comes as clean, slick and close to pop music a tune can come, but the melody of the chorus will stick to your mind. The arrangements are tight revealing several layers of instrumentation on second take. The lead singer’s expressive voice matches with the best of its genre. A grand dame of soul familiar to a wide audience. While we ruminate about the different stylistic ingredients of this album we reach ‘’Woman“, an entire instrumental with a straight groovy beat paired by cool funky rhythm guitar that lies beneath a soundscape made by the electric piano. Both seem to interact tightly and communicate with another. This tune just moves you physically with ease. Lushly orchestrated ‘’Our love is special“ turns out to be a wonderful soul pop anthem of the kind that stays with you when you have only enjoyed it once. I’m almost certain that most fans of the late 70’s soulful dance and pop will spin this record over and over again. This is what the DISCO LADIES are made for. Their music has this certain disco feeling but the classic 60s Motown Soul roots are so obvious and keep the whole collection of songs so grounded, that the music will go straight to the heart, nestling there for a long time. ‘’I second that emotion“ is again a mid-paced groover that has this fluttering beat with great instrumental figures build upon this footing. One might hear elements of reggae, gospel and funk melting into an utterly joyful soul pop tune that eventually would become an evergreen in the clubs. Last but not least we are treated to ‘’Woman“, again the arrangements of lead and backing vocals are amazing! These are footed by equally amazing strings and horns. These melodies, soulful, expressive, intense and full of joy! The last tune is a vocal version of “Woman“. Definitely being the highlight of the entire album and a worthy finale for a record that sticks out of the masses of disco music productions of it’s era! All this makes a wonderful and delightful reissue ! worthy of joining every black music aficionado of the 1970s.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    06.09.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473183987
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    06.09.2018
    EAN
    EAN 0710473184281
     
  • 01. Mr. Love
    02. God Of Mercy
    03. Time Is Come
    04. You Turn Me On
    05. Get Ready
    06. Know Thyself
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    EFFI DUKE & THE LOVE FAMILY

    Mr. Love

    [engl] Nigeria had a unique music scene which began spreading rapidly in the 1970s. The era was based on unspoiled use of fuzz pedal, keyboards and indisputable influences of the Psychedelic Blues bands of the West. In 1980 Effi Duke & The Love Family came out with their debut Mr. Love. It was released by Homzy Records which was a home of many Afro-Funk records, going strong from mid '70s toward '80s. Effi Duke & The Love Family being one of their most energetic albums. The '80s were definitely more into a jazzy sound with disco slowly infiltrating the African music scene. What's so unique about Mr. Love is Effi Duke's love for guitar based Jazz and together with African rhythms and funky bass, his album is a Funk/Jazz/Disco hybrid. He's an incredible guitarist and also at the time of this LP an ex-Wings member. They were one of the most popular bands from Nigeria. Effi Duke was a key part of the scene with being member of The Wings, The Visitors, The Apostles, he played also the guitars on Mary Afi Usuah's fantastic second LP African Woman (which will be also rereleased on PMG) and on many other great albums including the incredible Folk 77 album.
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190237
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    25.07.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190190
     
  • 01. Shalewa
    02. Me & You
    03. I'm A Dancer
    04. Eniafelamo
    05. Long Live Nigeria
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    EJI OYEWOLE

    You & Me

    [engl] A bona-fide Nigerian prince and probably the only musician to have ever played with Fela Kuti, Miles Davis and Bob Marley, Eji Oyewole combined African Highlife with western jazz to create a hybrid so that was as smooth as it was funky. His first album, Charity Begins At Home was an angry tirade against corruption in Nigeria. Me & You is his ‘relationship’ album, a brighter and happier set of songs that sees Eji all loved up, presumably with the mysterious ‘Cameleon’ featured on the cover. Eji’s flute is no longer a strident voice raised in anger. Instead, on ‘Me & You’ and ‘I’m a Dancer’ it is a playful line of seduction. On the wonky and woozy ‘Eniafelamo’ his sax is a post-coital salutation. Even the one political track, ‘Long Live Nigeria’, is a loved up call for peace, progress and trust. Chilled, assured and dexterious, Me & You is a sophisticated showcase of Eji Oyewole’s chops. ‘This is the beginning of an atomic musical evolution,’ he declares on the cover. ‘Brothers and sisters, stay cool.’
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190787
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190794
     
  • 01. What Ever You Need
    02. Cross Over Reggae
    03. The World Is Full Of Injustice
    04. Marry The Poor
    05. Funky Music
    06. This Is Life
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    ELCADOS

    What Ever You Need

    [engl] By the 1979 release of Whatever You Need, the Elcados were ready to party. “We got rhythm, we got sound,” they declare on ‘Funky Music’. “You’re going to dig it!' Starting out as the Moonrakers in Kanu in 1968, Steve Black, Rocky Mustapha, Tony Nosika and Frank Martins, spent the next decade gigging their way out of the north, including a surreal set with Khalifa Baba-Ahmed at the Miss New Nigeria contest. They released two rock-oriented albums in the mid ‘70s before hitting a disco/reggae groove on Whatever You Need. The album starts with the title track, a bouncy reggae number guaranteed to fill the dance floor. ‘Cross Over Reggae’ keeps the mood light before ‘The World Is Full Of Injustice’ delivers a bit of Rasta indignation. Funk monsters ‘Marry The Poor’ and ‘Funky Music’ bring it all home, reminding listeners that the guys didn’t drag out their best shiny suits just to smoke spliffs. Sadly, Whatever You Need, was the last record the Elcados released. But they went out with the glitter ball burning brightly, dimmed but a little by the fug of the righteous herb.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190527
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    01.11.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190534
     
  • 01. Free My People
    02. Rover Man
    03. Babalawo
    04. Afro Fever
    05. Loving
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    EMMA DORGU

    Roverman

    [engl] In 1979, Emma Dorgu decided it was time to act. He’d torn up the Lagos live scene with The Thermometers and conquered the airwaves with the single, ‘World People’. But there were injustices afoot, not just in Nigeria, but in South Africa and Zimbabwe and across the continent as well, and he felt that something needed to be done. Roverman was his politicized call to action. Blackman Akeeb Kareem lent him the instruments and let him rehearse in his sitting room. Dorgu sets his stall out early in the reggae-tinged ‘Free My People’ calling for freedom for South Africa, freedom for Zimbabwe, indeed, freedom for all. Thankfully political injustice hadn’t rid Emma completely of his urge to get on down. The New York ghetto funk of ‘Roverman’ and ‘Loving’ and the straighthead boogie of ‘Afro Fever’ leaven the message with a funky beat and an irresistible pull towards the dancefloor. On Roverman Emma Dorgu has achieved that that rarest of beats, an album that challenges your mind while it speaks to your feet. Protest music has never sounded so funky.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190749
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    02.03.2017
    EAN
    EAN 0710473190756
     
  • 01. You And I
    02. Nobody Knows
    03. I Love You
    04. A Lonely Child
    05. Give A Little
    06. Orindo
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    EMMA OGOSI

    Nobody Knows

    [engl] Limited to 500 copies only! Emma Ogosi has worn a lot of different hats in his career: former air force officer, guitarist with Benin-based Pogo Limited, and husband and manager of Nigerian reggae superstar, Evi-Edna Ogholi. In 1981, he donned a sequined cowboy hat and released Nobody Knows. Nobody Knows is arguably the Nigeria’s best – and perhaps only – Disco Country album. Country music has always been influential in the country and Ogosi managed to channel Jim Reeves via the bright lights of Lagos’ burgeoning disco scene to produce an album of sparkling mournfulness. The album starts brightly with ‘You And I’ and ends with ‘Orindo,’ a horn-driven dance floor filler. ‘Nobody Knows’ and ‘A Lonely Child’ venture into ‘you done me wrong’ territory. And you can imagine Kenny Rogers covering ‘Give A Little’, albeit wearing flares and platforms and a moustache instead of a beard. Overall, though, Nobody Knows is as disco as the sharp suit and gull-wing collar Emma is wearing on the cover. But don’t be fooled – there are rhinestones on that there glitter ball.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191425
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    15.12.2016
    EAN
    EAN 0710473191418
     
  • 01. Ikoto rock
    02. Wetin dey watch goat, goat dey watcham
    03. Akalaka
    04. Ife nwanne melu nwanne
    05. Egwu Eric
    06. I will tell mama
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    ERIC (SHOWBOY) AKAEZE AND HIS ROYAL ERICOS

    Ikoto Rock

    [engl] There we go with another Afro Beat classic that did not really leave Nigeria back in the day it was released. Therefore we can only guess the value among collectors but some reliable sources tell us that even not so mint original copies go for up to 600 $. The AFRODISIA sublabel of DECCA music is responsible for quite a few awesome afro beat gems that have only recently been rediscovered by never sleeping music lovers such as the folks behind EVERLAND MUSIC from the Netherlands and here we go with the first ever official reissue of Eric Showboy Akaeze’s second album with HIS ROYAL ERICOS. Eric Showboy Akaeze was former bigband leader who was hip on the Nigerian scene, which mostly happened around the main city of Lagos in the 60s and especially 70s after the military junta took over the reign and was keen to bring in more indegenious elements to the peoples allday lives and a new style of music emerged, AFRO BEAT, mixing Western rock and funk, rocksteady and soul with rhythms and melodies that clearly had an African heritage. He was nicknamed IKOTO, which is the Nigerian word for a spinner, the child’s toy, due to his dancing style where he was spinning around like mad during shows. He was an extraordinary dancer and showman and what mostly interests us, he was a wonderful bandleader and musician. When Fela Kuti became the rising star on the scene and soon the musician most hated by the regime, Akaeze soon fell into Kuti’s shadow but he maintained his musical activities until his untimely death in 2002 and with this, his second masterepiece „Ikoto rock“, referring to his nickname and his own style Akaeze created from this, his legacy was carved in rock. What kind of music shall we now expect from this 1974 release? The original holds 4 lengthy, groovy compositions with a jammy, nearly improvised feeling in some parts, for the reissue EVERLAND MUSIC dragged out the utterly scarce 7inch „Akalaka“ from 1975 (even beat up copies go for 700 $) and added both tracks to the A and B side of the album respectively. It fits well with the haunting, nearly hypnotizing style of „Ikoto rock“. There is always a repetitive beat, a dense network of grooves in the background of each song which build the foundation for the commanding vocals shouted out with passion for life and the harmonic arrangements of guitar, farfisa organ and brass section melodies. These songs are too furious and powerful for plain reggae and rocksteady. Listen to the simmering leads performed by Akaeze on a tenor saxophone. This is nearly eruptive. He loves to give his audience a break sometimes, adding passages with the feeling of a religious or military chant to enchant his listeners entirely. All this creates a steaming atmosphere and puts you, who gets this record spinning on his turntable, into a trance like state during the duration of the album. Most songs here were sung in Akaeze’s native tongue or at least some English based lingo that includes many African words. You can easily feel how good the musicians are, due to the clear production that was a standard for DECCA / AFRODISIA releases back then. Still this album has a raw and honest feeling making it a simmering and intense musical affair. The two bonus tracks might be the most accessible and memorable here since they were conceived for a 7“ release but still come as lengthy as they could. You will not find your 3 minute pop tunes here and the power of the performance is amazing. A wonderful item to rediscover, music that deserves to be alive and set the hearts and souls of a new generation on fire.
    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473185059
    Format
    CD
    Release-Datum
    18.12.2019
    EAN
    EAN 0710473185066
     
  • 01. Mi Nian Mure
    02. Dimignan
    03. Nabwo
    04. Pari
    05. Mama
    06. Sina Mami Boba
    07. Hagnan
    08. Yori Yori
    09. O Ya Fani
    10. Zatie
    11. Eh Yaho
    12. La Ori

    Faratuben

    Sira Kura

    Zwischen Aarhus und Bamako liegen 6.593 Kilometer – und ein tiefer sozioökonomischer Graben. Aus Afrika zieht es deshalb schon lange Menschen nach Europa – umgekehrt ist das leider nur selten der Fall. „Sira Kura“, das Debütalbum der dänisch-malischen Band Faratuben, zeigt was möglich ist, wenn sich Musiker aus der eigenen Komfortzone herausbewegen, um sich auf Augenhöhe zu begegnen. Die Musik der in Bamako lebenden Band ist keine weitere Variante des Afrobeat, keine retroselige Erinnerung an Fela Kuti, wie so oft. Es ist eine elektrifizierte Version der jahrhundertealten Bwa- und Bobo-Musik, die sich von den traditionellen Kora-Klängen eines Toumani Diabate und Salif Keita durch mehr Druck und Tempo unterscheidet. Die drei Da?nen Mikas Bøgh Olesen, Jakob de Place und Mads Voxen kamen nach Mali im Rahmen eines Austausch-Programms des Conservatoire de Arts et Metiers Multimedia (CAMM), wo sie zum ersten Mal traditionelle Bobo-Music hörten. Bobo, so nannten die französischen Kolonisatoren das Volk der Bwa, eine unterdrückte Minderheit, die in Burkina Faso und im Norden von Mali lebt. Die perkussive Musik der Bwa wird getrieben von diversen Percussion-Instrumenten und dem Klang des Balofon, eine Art Xylofon mit untergehängten Kalebassen. Die drei dänischen Musikstudenten waren total begeistert von dem dynamischen Sound, der in Mali religiöse Zeremonien ebenso begleitet, wie Hochzeiten und Partys. Zusammen mit Gitarrist und Studiobesitzer Dieudonne Koita, Sänger Sory Dao und dem Balofon-Virtuosen Kassim Koita formierte sich eine Band, die ursprünglich nur ein einziges Mal auftreten sollte: beim Bamako Jazz Festival. Auf den Plakaten stand damals noch der Name Bobo Jazz Experience. Doch der Auftritt war zu grandios um nicht weiterzumachen. Im Bogolan Studio in Downtown Bamako spielten die Musiker kurze Zeit später die Songs „Terete“ und „Pari“ ein, die beim TV-Sender ORTM und diversen malischen Radiostationen schnell auf heavy Rotation liefen. Die Band hatte sich inzwischen für den Namen Faratuben entschieden, eine Kombination der Worte „Farafin“ (= Schwarz) und Toubabou (= weiß). Die Musiker proben und leben oft zusammen in den Bergen außerhalb Bamakos, in einem Dorf namens Kati, wo die Familie Koita zuhause ist. Ein großer Clan, der schon viele bedeutende Musiker hervorgebracht hat. „Die Elektrifizierung ist ziemlich neu in unserer Tradition, und der erste, der Bwa- Music auf einer elektrischen Gitarre gespielt hat, war unser Vater Pakuene Koita“, sagt Dieudonne Koita. Sein Bruder Kassim wurde bereits vier mal zum besten Balofon-Player Malis gewählt. Auch Faratuben werden in Mali immer erfolgreicher, sie spielen auf Hochzeiten, Festen und zunehmend auch auf großen Festivals, wie „Spot on Mali Music“. Kurz: Es war höchste Zeit für ein Debütalbum! „Sira Kura“ ist eine extrem abwechslungsreiche Fusion, in der sich die pulsierenden Polyrhythmen der Bwa-Music mit Elementen aus Jazz und Art-Pop organisch verbinden – gespielt auf traumhaft hohem Niveau. „Eine moderne Mischung aus 10CC und Osibisa“, nennt es Keyboarder Mikas. Und tatsächlich, eine so überwältigende Melodiösität, ein so komplexes Songwriting findet man im Afrobeat nur selten. Auf Bambara, eine der vielen Sprachen, die in Mali gesprochen werden, bedeutet „Sira Kura“ soviel wie „neue Richtung“. Doch Faratuben geht es um mehr als um Partys und gute Laune. Das mitreißend kämpferische „Mi Njan Mure Mure“ erzählt von den Tagen, als Mali eine französische Kolonie war: „You took our land, you took our space, you torture us, you treated us with barbarity“. Die Musiker sehen ihre Band als gelebten Anti- Rassismus, oder, wie Diedonne sagt: „Ich hätte vorher niemals gedacht, dass ich Weißen gleichberechtigt und auf einer Ebene begegnen kann. Dass Weiße in meinem Haus wohnen, essen und schlafen, und mit meiner Familie zusammenleben, so wie ich auch. So etwas ist sehr selten in Mali. Wir sind glücklich und stolz, dass wir mit Faratuben zeigen können, dass es möglich ist, eine Gemeinschaft zu erschaffen, jenseits von Rassen und Hautfarben. Inzwischen hat sich die Band auch in Skandinavien eine treue Fan-Gemeinde erspielt. In Dänemark, wo das Album bereits letztes Jahr erschienen ist, wurde „Sira Kura“ mit dem Danish Music Award für das beste „Globalpop“-Album ausgezeichnet. Und im August erhielten die Musiker dazu noch eine Nominierung für den DMA-Roots-Award. Es läuft also wieder für Faratuben, die von März bis August wegen Corona in Aarhus festsaßen und erst Ende des Monats nach Mali zuru?ckkehren konnten. Im Gepäck, die während der Quarantäne entstandenen Songs für das zweite Album. Doch bis es soweit ist, wird „Sira Kura“ dafür sorgen, dass der Herbst in Deutschland ziemlich heiß wird. Bwa-Music rules!
    Format
    DoLP
    Release-Datum
    13.11.2020
    EAN
    EAN 4260016921997
     
  • 01. Mi Nian Mure
    02. Dimignan
    03. Nabwo
    04. Pari
    05. Mama
    06. Sina Mami Boba
    07. Hagnan
    08. Yori Yori
    09. O Ya Fani
    10. Zatie
    11. Eh Yaho
    12. La Ori

    Faratuben

    Sira Kura (art-edition)

    Ich möchte Danke sagen. Am 28.03. startete ich den Sounds of Subterrania Artists Fond, eine Solidaritätsaktion für Künstler, die von den Auswirkungen der Maßnahmen zu Covid-19 betroffen sind. Teil dieses Projektes war die Veröffentlichung einer speziellen Künstleredition, gestaltet von Jochen Mönig und gedruckt von Philip Janta. Jetzt, knapp 4 Monate später, halte ich sie in meinen Händen und es ist unnötig zu sagen, daß sie ab sofort auf die Reise zu Euch gehen kann. Ich möchte Danke an jeden einzelnen Spender sage. Eure Unterstützung hat konkret geholfen und auch wenn wir nicht das Ziel erreicht haben, war es doch eine große Hilfe für Faratuben und Bibi Ahmed. Wirkliche Solidarität und Humanität erkennt man immer an dem Einsatz für unbekannte Menschen. Daß dieses vielen von Euch wichtig war, bedeutet mir sehr viel und es macht mich glücklich. In diesem Zusammenhang möchte ich bekannt geben, daß weitere limitierte Künstlereditionen folgen werden. Die Erlöse werden auch hier sozialen und kulturellen Projekten zugeführt. Das reguläre Album „Sira Kura“ von Faratuben wird im Oktober erscheinen, wer nicht so lange warten möchte, hat die Möglichkeit, in meinem Webshop eines der letzten Exemplare der Sonderedition zu erstehen. Danke für eure Aufmerksamkeit und eure Solidarität. Ewi yoo ta mi be ura sio ma’e, Faratuben a toubara, Ma farafina ro, Wa se ma we, a wa di ma we, a wa bwe ma we dimignan siwo wa yere fi wena wa wure a de’ere ro wa se ma we, wa di ma we, wa bwe ma we do you not see faratuben? a group composed of white and black we eat, we work and we play music together. there is nothing more beautiful than sharing, help between brothers. we say no to racism. we eat, we work and we play music together.
    Format
    DoLP
    Release-Datum
    26.07.2020
     
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    FELA KUTI

    Afrodisiac

    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    06.12.2019
     
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    FELA KUTI

    Gentleman

    Format
    LP
    Release-Datum
    06.12.2019