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Various - Nigeria Rock Special

Nigeria Rock Special
Various - Nigeria Rock Special - Psychedelic Afro-rock & Fuzz Funk fuzz in 1970s Nigeria
(CD/2xLP) Soundway Records SNDWCD/LP011, 2008-04-28

Tracklisting 2xLP :
A1. Ofege - Adieu
A2. The Action 13 - More Bread to the People
A3. The Hygrades - In the Jungle (Instrumental)
A4. Ofo The Black Company - Eniaro
B1. The Wings - Odenigbo
B2. The Elcados - Ku Mi Da Hankan
B3. Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound - Another Man’s Thing
B4. Question Mark - Freaking Out
C1. Tabukah ‘X’ - Finger Toe
C2. The Funkees - Acid Rock
C3. Colomach - Cotocun Gba Gounke
C4. BLO - Chant To Mother Earth
D1. Mono Mono - Kenimania
D2. Original Wings - Igba Alusi
D3. Tunji Oyelana - Omoba D’Eru Ri

Tracklisting CD :
01. Ofege - Adieu
02. The Action 13 - More Bread to the People
03. The Hygrades - In the Jungle (Instrumental)
04. The Wings - Odenigbo
05. Ofo The Black Company - Eniaro
06. The Elcados - Ku Mi Da Hankan
07. Mono Mono - Kenimania
08. Tabukah ‘X’ - Finger Toe
09. The Funkees - Acid Rock
10. Colomach - Cotocun Gba Gounke
11. Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound - Another Man’s Thing
12. Question Mark - Freaking Out
13. Original Wings - Igba Alusi
14. Tunji Oyelana - Omoba D’Eru Ri
15. BLO - Chant To Mother Earth

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Press Release :
Nigeria Rock Special shines a light on the flipside to the well-documented sounds of Highlife and Afrobeat coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s - young bands caught up in the wave of Psychedelic & Progressive Rock that was sweeping Europe and the States in the late 60s and early 70s.

In the early 1970s the sound of Jimi Hendrix & bands like Santana had started to seep into the mainly soul -based sets of a handful of young bands playing western influenced pop.

Spurred on by Cream drummer Ginger Baker’s visits to Lagos and his band Airforce (featuring many Nigerian musicians), the sound of fuzzed out Rock reverberated around the Universities and nightspots of Lagos and Ibadan. The craze that followed hit the youth & student population of Nigeria hard - mixing fuzz-guitar & heavy African rhythms with elements of Led Zeppelin, Traffic & the Chambers Brothers.

Featuring tracks from cult bands like Mono Mono, Ofege, The Action 13, The Elcados and Tunji Oyelana amongst many others, this album contains 15 of the best cuts from the scene, available for the first time in 30 years.

The CD is accompanied by a 20-page booklet with rare photos, cover art and historical information on the musicians, giving an in-depth look at the scene and its influences.


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