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Friday, Feb 15 2008 | 16:38

Lagos, Nigeria, 1974-79: The Funk & Disco capital of West Africa. More nightclubs, bars, spots and dance-floors than any place along the coast from Dakar all the way to Kinshasa.

The new compilation “Nigeria Disco Funk Special” is an amazing collection of heavy dancefloor grooves from urban Lagos in the ‘70s – hot and driving slices of Funk, Disco and Boogie that show just how vibrant the music scene was in one of West Africa’s most populous and culturally diverse cities.

In the ‘70s, it wasn’t just James Brown who influenced the musicians playing in the nightspots of Lagos – the loose-structured and elongated jams that he was pioneering in America had been a part of Nigerian music much longer than that. This album is the sound of Cuban-heeled and Micro-minied Lagos youth soaking up the sound of the American discotheque and putting their own inimitable twist on the proceedings.

The CD and Double Gatefold vinyl include rare tracks from famous musicians like Bongos Ikwue and Mono Mono’s Joni Haastrup, as well as selections from cult bands like Asiko Rock Group, SJOB Movement and Jay-U Experience.

Tracklisting:

01. The Sahara All Stars – Take Your Soul
02. T-Fire – Will Of the People
03. Asiko Rock Group – Lagos City
04. Johnny Haastrup – Greetings
05. Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies – You’ve Gotta Help Yourself
06. Jay-U Experience – Some More
07. Voices of Darkness – Mota Ginya
08. Dr. Adolf Aonotu – Ijere
09. S-Job Movement – Love Affair

The compilation VariousNigeria Disco Funk Special” (Soundway) is going to be released March 21, 2008.

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