Wednesday, Mar 22 2017 | 10:54
Image: 1608991 Country music is big in Africa. Yes, we realize how absurd that probably sounds to most ears, but it’s really true: American country & western records have been tremendously popular and deeply beloved across the continent for almost a century.
The people of the West African nation of Nigeria have long been not only voracious consumers of country music, but fairly enthusiastic performers of it as well. Cowboy songs have remained a consistent part of most bands’ live repertoire, but relatively few artists have dedicated themselves to actually recording country music. They did exist, though, mostly in the1970s and 80s, but they were rarely heard outside the country, and in the intervening years, most of their output has fallen through the cracks of posterity, forgotten even by ardent music fans at home. Until now. Like Nashville in Naija: Nigeria’s Romance with Country Music, Yesterday and Today collects some of the best country recordings as a loving tribute to Nigeria’s cowboy troubadours of yore.

A1. Actor Allie - The Seed Of Love
A2. Dedication - Concert Fever
A3. Slave Drivers - Emma Ogosi
A4. Fred Donn - Lidina Lole
B1. Rennie Cottonheart - No More Love In This Town
B2. Al Jackson - Sometime, Someday
B3. Ogak Jay One - Another Day
B4. Henry Pedro - Roots
C1. Joe Nez & His Top Six - Baby You
C2. Ofege - Come Right Back
C3. Stanley Edet Jr. - Never Be In A Hurry
C4. Don Civic - Hillbilly Man
C5. Emma Ogosi - Going Back To My Wife
D1. Gnonnas Pedro - Dark As A Dungeon
D2. Henry Pedro - Midnight Sun
D3. Poor Charley Akaa - Be In Your Arms Available from 22.04.2017
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