Nigeria Freedom Sounds! Popular Music and The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960-63: Calypso, Highlife, Apala, Mambo, Juju

Soul Jazz Records
  • 1. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – E Ma Mobun Saya
  • 2. Chris Ajilo and his Cubanos – Ariwo
  • 3. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Aye Wa Kael
  • 4. Charles Iwegbue and his Archibogs – Baby I Tire
  • 5. Haruna Ishola and his Group – Iba Awon Agba
  • 6. E.C. Arinze – Chukwu Fulum Nanya
  • 7. Victor Ola-Iya and his Cool Cats – Cool Cats Invitation
  • 8. Ganiyu Kale and his Guinea Mambo Orchestra – Iyawo-Ile
  • 9. E.C. Arinze – Freedom Highlife
  • 10. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Bonfo
  • 11. Haruna Ishola and his Group – Owo Ni Fari
  • 12. Apolos Empire Rhythm Orchestra – Cut your Coat According To Your Size
  • 13. E.C. Arinze – Lumumba Calypso
  • 14. Sammy Akpabot and his All Stars – Save For A Rainy Day
  • 15. Ishie Brothers – Onyeoma Rosa
  • 16. Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – Look, Look, Look
  • 17. E.C. Arinze – Saturday Night
  • 18. J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Iyawo Ma Pa Mi
  • 19. Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers – You Cheat Me
  • 20. E.C. Arinze – Ozo Emena
  • 21. Tes Dandies Dance Band – Obo Mi Ebe Mi
  • 22. J.O. Araba and his Rhythm Blues – Olowofuja Sawa
  • 23. I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots – Omo Alara

Soul Jazz Records’ new Nigeria Freedom Sounds! features a stunning selection of material spotlighting the vibrant musical scene in Nigeria at the start of the 1960s. With a wealth of musical and cultural history and newly independent from Britain, Nigerian music during this era was complex, diverse and forward-thinking, with musicians as excited in exploring their country’s own musical lineage with styles such as Juju and Apala as they were in adapting and absorbing outside influences such as Ghanaian Highlife, Caribbean Calypsos and Mambo and more.

This album features many of the defining artists of this time who helped shape the Nigerian musical scene. Artists include I.K. Dairo and his Blue Spots, Haruna Ishola and his Group, E.C. Arinze, Sammy Akpabot and His All Stars, Godwin Omobuwa and his Soundmakers, Ganiyu Kale and His Guinea Mambo Orchestra and many more.

Few nations on earth are as diverse as Nigeria, and the wide assortment of Nigerian music styles collected on this album reflect the country’s rich variety of cultures. Western-influenced dance music, played on European instruments such as guitar, brass, and woodwind sits alongside traditional musical styles, made with indigenous instruments such as the talking drum, marimba, or obo. And there is also religious musical styles first brought to Nigeria by European Christians and Islamic traders from North Africa. And of course, there are points where these musical styles overlap, merging into one another to create unique new sounds.

This album is released as CD + booklet + slipcase, heavyweight gatefold double vinyl edition + download code, and digital release. The CD includes a large outsize 48-page book containing extensive sleevenotes by compiler Danny Fitzgerald, original photography, artist biographies, as well as selection of Nigerian adverts celebrating its independence and original artwork from some of the rare original Nigerian 45s on which this music was first (and only ever) released. The heavyweight gatefold 2xLP comes with full sleevenotes and download code.

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'Soul Jazz Records set is pure listening pleasure and a perfect jumping off point for listeners curious about popular music beyond Europe and North America.' POP MATTERS

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