Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Soundway Records)

Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Soundway Records)

An in-depth look at the vibrant and diverse music scene in mid-70s Nigeria.

Most often linked with Afro-beat, Juju & Apala, the musical heritage of Nigeria runs deeper than just the Yoruba styles from the west. This 2CD compilation presents some of the best un-reissued and forgotten sounds from Nigeria, covering the many styles that emerged and flourished in the early ’70s. A time when younger bands expounding Rock, Jazz and Funk collided with the older more established Highlife scene producing some unique & highly original recordings.

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Soundway records label boss and Compiler Miles Cleret has spent five years working on this compilation (and the planned spin-off compilations)- travelling to Nigeria, interviewing musicians, label owners and distributors – tracking down the forgotten sounds of ’70s Nigeria in dusty warehouses, studios and markets.

He uncovered so much amazing music that the project became a double CD (with two accompanying spin-off albums to come). Over two hours of rare tracks from seminal artists like Celestine Ukwu, the Funkees, Victor Uwaifo, Tunji Oyelana, Bola Johnson, Etubom Rex Williams, as well as many unsung heroes.

The CDs are accompanied by a 32-page booklet with rare photos, cover art and historical information on the musicians, giving an in-depth look at the scene and its influences. The Vinyl release is split into 2 separate high quality double gatefold LPs.

Since 2002, Soundway Records has been synonymous with high-quality and groundbreaking compilations of music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. For more Nigerian music, check ‘Afro Baby, the Evolution of the Afro sound in Nigeria, 1970-1979’, (SNDWCD/LP002).

Coming Soon in March & April 2008:

Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound of Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79. Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970’s Nigeria. (SNDWCD010 &SNDWCD011)

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