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Tuesday, Jan 29 2008 | 12:57

Since 2002, Soundway Records has been synonymous with high-quality and groundbreaking compilations of music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America.

“Nigeria Special” is the most ambitious project yet for the label – a truly in-depth, double album look at Nigerian music in the early to mid-70s, encompassing a broad range of styles.

Compiler and DJ Miles Cleret has spent five years working on this album – involving trips to Lagos and around Nigeria interviewing musicians and researching recordings, as well as a suitable amount of time scouring dusty record stores and warehouses for the elusive sounds on this Double CD.

This compilation presents some of the best un-reissued and forgotten sounds from Nigeria, covering the amazingly vibrant and diverse styles that emerged and flourished at the time. Everything from Highlife, Jazz, Afro Beat and Blues to more traditional styles are represented to give as comprehensive a survey of the scene as possible. Including rare tracks from Celestine Ukwu, The Funkees, Victor Uwaifo, Tunji Oyelana, Bola Johnson, Etubom Rex Williams and many more!

The 32-page booklet covers a history of the time plus in-depth information on the artists and musicians, as well as a look at the amazing pop-art cover designs of Nigerian records.

Tracklisting:

CD1

01. Ayamma – Anambra Beats
02. Okwukwe Na Nchekwube – Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National
03. Amalinja – The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination
04. Akula Owu Onyeara – The Funkees
05. Oja Omoba – Dele Ojo & His Star Brothers Band
06. Koma Mosi – The Harbours Band
07. Nekwaha Semi Colon – The Semi Colon
08. Osalobua Rekpama – Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros
09. Onwu Ama Dike – St. Augustine & His Rovers Dance Band
10. Feso Jaiye – The Sahara All Stars of Jos
11. Ema Kowa Iasa Ile Wa – Mono Mono
12. To Whom It May Concern – Tunji Oyelana & The Benders
13. Ugali – The Tony Benson Sextet

CD2

01. Asiko Mi Ni – The Nigerian Police Force Band (“The Force 7”)
02. Torri Wowo – Godwin Ezike & The Ambassadors
03. Belema – Opotopo (Easy Kabaka Brown)
04. Alabeke – Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band of Aba
05. Arraino – Popular Cooper & His All Beats Band
06. Simini-Yaya – Collins Oke Elaiho & His Odoligie Nobles Dance Band
07. Buroda Mase – Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats
08. I Want A Break Thru’ – The Hykkers
09. Business Before Pleasure – George Akaeze & His Augmented Hits
10. Omo Yen Wu Mi – Shadow Abraham with Mono Mono Friends
11. Blak Sound – Leo Fadaka & The Heroes
12. Eguae Oba – Osayomore Joseph & The Creative 7
13. Akpaisong – Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes

The compilation VariousNigeria Special” (Soundway Records) is going to be released February 29, 2008.

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