Ofo The Black Company – Allah Wakbarr (Nigeria, 1972, London Records)

For today, and following to this former post, I wanted to share with you “Allah Wakbarr“, an uptempo psychedelic Afro Rock track recorded in 1972 by the nigerian band Ofo The Black Company – Enjoy !

Ofo The Black Company – Allah Wakbarr

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/UB60LDM-20A

Have a nice day,

Armand de Preseau

The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa (Nigeria, 1977, Emi Nigeria)

The Identicals was a Nigerian band composed by two twins brothers, Peter (Bass) and Paul (Guitar) State, who played around Lagos clubs and studios (as backing members for other musicians) back in the 70’s.
The song presented here, “Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa” is taken from their one and only album, “Rock Exponent“, and is a sublime example of the local Psychedelic Afro Rock scene back in the Nigeria of the 70s.
The title of this song could be translated (in Igbo language) as “We Come Into This World Crying” – Enjoy !
The Identicals – Akwa Kayi Ji Bia Nuwa

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/EgiQZmHG9Nk

Take a good care of you,

Armand de Preseau

Thomas Fok – Salamender (Cameroon, 1970s, Sonafric)

For today, I wanted to share with you”Salamender“, one of my Cameroonian secret weapon, an incredible psychedelic Afrobeat Funk Rock track with dope organ parts & nervous guitar riffs, recorded in the 70s by Thomas Fok aka Tom Dollar and his band “Les Ducs” – Enjoy !

Thomas Fok – Salamender

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/zKQ94w9poC4

Armand de Preseau

Jerry Boifraind – Natto Messiah (Armand De Preseau edit) (Nigeria, 1981, Clover Recording Organization)

For today, I wanted to share with you a short edit I did on one of my favourite songs from the most funky reverend from Nigeria, Mr. Jerry Boifraind !

He relased a few LP’s back in the end of the 70’s / early 80’s before giving his entire life to his church – enjoy !

Reverend Jerry Boifraind – Natto Messiah (Armand De Preseau edit)

You can download this edit here !

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/L4sJNXHdBo4

Have a nice day !

Armand

Audience Limited – Underground Sound (Nigeria, 1977, Hasbunalau Record Company)

Audience Limited” was a very obscure band, led by John Broadway, that recorded only one album in Lagos (Nigeria) 1977, full of Afro Rock tracks.

I decided to share with you “Underground Sound“, a nervous instrumental song with psychedelic fuzzy guitars, catchy drums and crazy organ parts – Enjoy !

Audience Limited – Underground Sound

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/7iiCn-oh2W0

Best regards,

Armand

Balla et ses Balladins – Samba (Guinea, 1972, Editions Syliphone Conakry)

Samba” is a very well known traditional folk song from the Wassoulou area (situated between Ivory Coast, Guinea and Mali), adapted here by the national legendary “Balla et ses Balladins” Guinean orchestra, leaded by Balla Onivogui.

This song talks about Samba, a young and unlucky taxi driver from Conakry (Guinea) who fall in love with one of his customers. He steals the earings of the girl to see her again, but the father of the girl finds out the craftiness of the young Samba and casts out the boy. After many adventures, everything goes finally in order when Samba asks the girl in marriage.

Several covers of this song, in different musical styles, were recording during from the 70s to the 80s, to traditional from afro rock and funk way – Hope you’ll enjoy this one !!

Balla et ses Balladins – Samba

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

Take care,

Armand

Akaeze’s International Band – It’s Tough To Be Rich (Nigeria, 1978, Afrodisia)

The Akaeze’s International Band from Nigeria was leaded by Eric “Showboy” Akaeze, a musician converted very early to the Afrobeat musical genre that he made his own version called “Ikoto Rock“.

Originally from the Delta State (Mid-West region of Nigeria), Akaeze moved to Lagos as a fairly young man and played for a while in Bobby Benson’s famous band and founded a few times after his first band, The Royal Ericos, and then recorded several albums with different groups as The Akaeze’s International Band or The Azagas.

The track I wanted to make you rediscover today, “It’s Tough To Be Rich“, is an awesome 9 minutes long kick ass deep Afrobeat track – Enjoy !!

The Akaeze’s International Band – It’s Tough To Be Rich

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

Have a nice week,

Armand

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

Charles Rodriguez and The African Revolution – L’Amour Ne S’achete Pas (Benin, 1970s, Decca)

Today, let’s make you (re)discover an obscure single from the Beninese artist Charles Rodriguez.

Charles Rodriguez, an organ player, used to play at the time with several well known Beninese musical groups, such as “Ignace de Souza and the Black Santiagos” or “El Rego et ses commandos“.

He recorded only 4 tracks, and “L’amour ne s’achète pas” (“You can’t buy love”) is one of them. In this song, Charles tells prostitutes on a heavy Afrobeat rhythm to stop drinking and selling their body, they are wasting their lives this way.

Strangely, this single has the “DECCA” cover, but was pressed specialy for an Nigerian music shop based in Lagos called “Alofty” in August 73 – Enjoy !

Charles Rodriguez and The African Revolution – L’Amour Ne S’achete Pas

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2mmO3Jl5Q4U

Best regards,

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