Ofege – You Say No (Nigeria, 1973, EMI Nigeria)

OFEGE was a 70s psychedelic Rock band from Nigeria, composed of teenage students of the St. Gregory’s College of Lagos.

Led by Melvin Ukachi & largely influenced by artists such as Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck or Jimmy Page, they recorded 4 albums before splitting up.

For today, I wanted to present you the track “You Say No“, taken from their first album “Try And Love“, full of fuzzy electric guitar solos and Afrobeat-esque drums.

This album was a great musical snap when I found it in Kumba (Western Cameroon) more than a decade ago, and is still one of my favorite African record – Enjoy !

Ofege – You Say No

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/ULkzZ7fkFZw

Have a nice wednesday !

Armand de Preseau

Veno – Nigeria Go Survive (Nigeria, 1985, Tabansi)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nigeria Go Survive“, an Electro Boogie anthem from Nigeria, recorded in 1985 by the singer Veno Marioghae – Enjoy !

Veno – Nigeria Go Survive

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/wCGzDVwk_C8

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

The Sea Lions – Akwa Idim (Nigeria, 1978, Clover Sound)

The Sea Lions was a one of those many military affiliated bands that formed in Eastern Nigeria area after the Biafra civil war that divided the country from 1967 to 1970.

They took their name from the logo of the Army Marine Commando unit the band was attached to.

I decided to make you rediscover “Akwa Idim“, a powerful psychedelic Afro rock track taken from their one and only ultra rare album, recorded in 1978 on the mythical Clover Sound record label – Enjoy !

The Sea Lions – Akwa Idim

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/iVgvdLf2n6I

Have a nice day,

Armand

Jay U Experience – Baby Rock (Nigeria, 1978, Emi Nigeria)

Justus “Jay U” Nnakwe is a musician native of the city of Enugu (Nigeria), who played and recorded a few singles with several rock band back in the 70’s, as the mighty Hygrades or P.R.O (People Rock Outfit).

Fan of European and American Heavy Metal and Rock artists such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin, Justus was really involved into this kind of sound at the time and tried to establish a “Nigerian Heavy Metal music scene”.

The principal result is the awesome album I wanted to present you here, “Enough Is Enough“, his one and only solo album released in 1978 on the mythical “Emi Nigeria” record label, a one of its kind mixture of reggae, jazzy afrobeat and heavy psych rock.

“Baby Rock”, the track selected here, is a devastating Heavy Afro Metal Rock track, with powerful vocals, devilish fuzzy guitar riffs and catchy organ parts – Enjoy !

Jay U Experience – Baby Rock

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/K7IEWZfunQ0

Best regards,

Armand

Jerry Ella and The Sparklings – Why Can’t You Party Down (Nigeria, 1985, Acn Ltd)

Jerry Ella was an obscure musician from Nigeria, who released only one album in 1985 with his band “The Sparklings”, composed of Nigerian and Cameroonian musicians – No more infos on this one, sorry !

I decided to present you the track “Why Can’t You Party Down”, a perfect afro soul boogie stepper track to enjoy the beginning of this summer !
Jerry Ella and The Sparklings – Why Can’t You Party Down
Take care,
Armand

Admiral Dele Abiodun and his top Hitters Band – 1000 Miles (Nigeria, 1982, Adawa Super Records)

Dele Abiodun is one of the most important figures of the Juju scene, a musical genre from Nigeria between Jazz, Highlife and Traditionnal music.
He was born in 1948 in Sobe (Nigeria), a town on the boundary between West and Mid-West Nigeria.
He made his first steps in music as a drummer in his school band, and studied music has a teenager in Accra (Ghana) at the Young Pioneer School of Music.
In 1970, he founded his band, Prince Admiral Dele Abiodun and His Top Hitters Band (influenced by musicians such as Cardinal Rex Lawson or I.K. Dairo), and recorded more than 20 albums from the 70’s to the 90’s.

He stills lives and performs in Nigeria today and he’s the president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria.

For today, I decided to presend you “1000 Miles”, an incredible track showing that Juju music can sometimes be as bouncing as Afrobeat does – Enjoy !

Admiral Dele Abiodun and his top Hitters Band – 1000 Miles
See you soon,
Armand

Theadora Ifudu – Four In A Tangle (Nigeria, 1980, Theagart Records)

Splendid Afro Soul track to finish this beautiful sunday by the Nigerian Diva Theadora Ifudu – Enjoy !!

Theaodra Ifudu – Four In A Tangle

See you next week,
Armand

Segun Bucknor – The Price Of Your Love (Nigeria, 1975, Afrodisia)

Following to this article, I wanted to make you rediscover for this sunday another high level afrobeat track by the Nigerian master Segun Bucknor, who greatly influenced Fela Kuti at the time, but who was unfortunately less known.
Segun Buknor – The Price Of Your Love
All the best,
Armand

ADP029 – Nigeria Soul Sisters (Feat Mary Afi Usuah, Christiana Essien, Theadora Ifudu..)

Hi dear readers,
After a long time of searching, selecting, mixin and editing, I’m very proud to present you my new compilation !
Here are the best mental cuts of the best four (for me) Nigerian divas :
– Christiana “Christy” Essien
Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu, the twins Lijadu sisters
– Theadora Ifudu
– Mary Afi Usuah 
 Please listen this selection until the end to really enjoy this mix – Hope you’ll like it !!
Armand de Preseau – Nigeria Soul Sisters
You can download this new selection right here !
The next Selection will be Ghanaian or Arabic !
Sincerely yours,
Armand

ADP025 – Nigerian Afrodeapness (feat. SJOB, Ikengas, Etubom Rex Williams..)

Hi dear readers !
As promise last week, here comes the new selection I’ve prepared for your little ears !
A selection of 6 afrobeat tracks taken from 6 veeery hard to find Nigerian records, especially in this condition !
I know that for many people “Afrobeat” word is mainly connected with the work of Fela Kuti, so I wanted to make you discover other, and deeper artists – Hope you’ll enjoy this mix !
Armand de Preseau – Nigerian Afrodeapness
You can download the selection here !
See you soon, and don’t hesitate to leave some comments if you liked the selection !
Sincerely yours,
Armand