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

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

Bongos Ikwue and The Groovies – Woman Made The Devil (Nigeria, 1977, EMI NIGERIA)

Great mixture of American folk music and Nigerian roots, “Woman Made The Devil“, track by the very prolific Nigerian singer and guitarist Bongos Ikwue (his last album came out in 2012 !) – is perfect for this hot thursday summer !
Close your eyes, and relax..

Bongos Ikwue – Woman Made The Devil

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/LICUo0a8d6k

Take care of you all,

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,