Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of Funky Lagos


Archival juggernaut Strut Records brings the renewed acclaim of afrobeat forward with the ultimate 3 LP compilation, Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of Funky Lagos. The collection digs deep into Nigeria’s afro-funk archives, revealing predictably groovy treasures from titans like Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and Sir Victor Uwaifo, as well as some more obscure talents. Father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti, and the “Minister of Enjoyment”, King Sunny, take the compilation by storm; Fela from his beginnings performing with constantly evolving line-ups to his later work with Africa 70, and the army of King Sunny’s band, at times more than 20 members deep. Strut also brings forth an array of psychedelic afro-rock rhythms with groups like Blo, Ofo and Gasper Lawal who merge well-worn whammy bars, heavy brass and cascading drums with elements of jazz and disco. The set also includes a documentary containing rare interviews with many of Lagos’ most prominent musicians during the 70’s such as King Sunny, Ebenezer Obey, Fela and Femi Kuti, Ginger Baker and Roy Ayers, making it a must grab for those looking for a better understanding of the connection between funk and West African music.—Azza Gallab

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Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of Funky Lagos