Monday, March 01, 2010

Nigeria Afrobeat Special

In 2009, Soundway Records had a very good year releasing a number of great compilations including Ghana Special, Panama! Volume 2 & 3, and my favorite compilation from last year Tumbele!. Well the record label has reasons be excited as they have started off again strong in 2010 with some solid early releases including the Afrobeat masterpiece, Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound In 1970s Nigeria. This record might be one of the finest Afrobeat compilations I've ever heard with some funky gems from Afrobeat heavy-weights Fela Ransome Kuti & His Africa 70, Orlando Julius & His Afro-Sounders, and The Sahara All Stars. There is also plenty of great cuts from a select group of lesser known groups like Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies, Godwin Omabuwa & His Cassanova Dandies, The Tony Benson Sextet, and among many others. For the record, Fela's opening track, "Who're You?", might be one of his best songs ever released in my opinion. Soundway had last year's best compilation and they might be well on there way of having this year's best as well. With all that being said, I recommend doing yourself a favor and purchase a copy of this record. I promise you'll be satisfied.

Fela Ransome Kuti & His Africa 70 - Who're You?

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drewo said...

Thanks. I will check out this comp.

Anonymous said...

Nice one, I saw Gilles Peterson a few years ago and he dropped this track - been trying to find it ever since!