"When most people think about Nigerian music, the first thing that comes to mind is Lagos—the country’s main commercial center,
the glittering megacity that spawned Yoruba-speaking music luminaries such as Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Sir Shina Peters and
Wizkid. But Nigeria is a country of rich diversity, especially in its music: From the Igbo highlife and rock bands of east-central
region, to the deep Edo roots rhythms from the midwest, to the keening, ornamented Fulani melodies of the north.
But one region whose music has remained largely underexplored is the south eastern land of the Efik and Ibibio ethnic groups in
Cross River and Akwa Ibom State—the region colloquially referred to as “Calabar.” A cradle of culture, this region was one of the
earliest outposts of Nigerian popular music. Its primordial rhythms traveled across the Atlantic during the slave trade to provide the
part of the foundation for Afro-Cuban grooves that would go on to influence the development of jazz, rock & roll, R&B and funk.
With the new Calabar-Itu Road compilation, Comb & Razor Sound presents15 heavy tracks recorded in the decade between 1972
and 1982, spotlighting rare music from “Calabar” superstars such as Etubom Rex Williams, Cross River Nationale, Charles “Effi”
Duke, The Doves and Mary Afi Usuah. The package features a magazine-style booklet containing a wealth of information about the
milieu with rare photographs and illustrations.
The Calabar-Itu Road is the major artery linking modern-day Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. And Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy
Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (1972-1982) will link the region’s music to the rest of the world!"
A1. Isadico Dance Band - Mbre Isong (Intro)
A2. Cross River Nationale - Nyong Eyen Unen
A3. The Visitors - Eyen Erong Nwa
A4. Mansion - Akam Itoro Abasi
B1. Monica Isaac - Akananwan Isong Idung
B2. Emmanual Ntia - Top Eyop Odo
B3. The Sea Lions - Akwa Idim
B4. Charles Duke - Suk Usan Idang (Interlude)
C1. Isadico Dance Band - Eti Eyenekla
C2. The Doves - Akan Anwan Isong Idung
C3. Mari Afi Usuah & The South Eastern State Cultural Band - Mma Ama Mbo
C4. Sunny Risky & The Vitamin Explosion - Atak Mfat Eyen
D1. Chief Inyang Henshaw & His Top Ten Aces - Eseme Ikpong
D2. Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes - Ererimbot Afayung Oko
D3. Bustic Kingsley Bassey’s Anansa Engineers - Journey To Luna Available from 25.11.2016