Nigeria Special Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 - vol.2

  • 1. Fubura Sekibo – Psychedelic Baby
  • 2. Black's Zenith – Shango Oba Onina
  • 3. Twins Seven - Seven and His Golden Cabretas – Totobiroko (Ogbele)
  • 4. The Professional Seagulls Dance Band of Port Hartcourt – Ibi Awo Iyi
  • 5. The Otarus – Omohupa
  • 6. The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination – The Lords Prayer
  • 7. James Etamobe & His All Weather Band – Agboyabakpa
  • 8. The People Star – Omwu Dinjo
  • 9. Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats – Jeka Dubu
  • 10. Emperor Dele Ojo & His Africana Internationals – Jekoyewa
  • 11. Commander In Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe & His Nigerian Sound Makers – Onyebu Chi
  • 12. Paulson Kalu Afrikhanah & His Stars 25 – Ochea Special
  • 13. Fidel Sax Bateke & The Voices of Darkness – Motako
  • 14. Opotopo (Easy Kabaka Brown) – Agboho
  • 15. Tunji Oyelana & The Benders – Iwo Ko La Dami
  • 16. Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes – Isip 2
  • 17. The Peacocks International Guitar Band – Onye Aghala Nwanneya
  • 18. The Nkengas – Anyi Buni Igbo
  • 19. Joy Nwosu & Dan Satch – Egwo Umu Agbogho

Nigeria Special 2 is the second part to the excellent Nigeria Special album released to critical acclaim in 2007 and further extends the look at the most exciting period in Nigeria’s recording history.

The range of styles vary from Highlife to Juju and Nigerian blues in the languages of Yoruba, Igbo, Bini and Ijaw. With a peppering of ‘afro’ experimentation the same musical stew pervades volume 2 as it’s predecessor – some artists appear again alongside some new artists as the emphasis continues to focus on the laid back and mid tempo feel found on volume 1.

1970’s Nigeria was a time that allowed Nigerian bands more freedom to record their own style than ever before. Highlife, afrobeat, rock, jazz & native blues rubbed shoulders and were turned out at unprecedented levels. Nigeria Special 2 features five of the artists on the previous volume leaving space for a choice selection of some of the hundreds of other recording artists that were active in Nigeria at the time.

The CD is presented with a full colour 24-page booklet with nuggets of historical information and a background to the scene at the time. The triple LP comes with two exclusive bonus tracks, available only on vinyl.