Tag: Jake sollo

The Funkees – Ole (Nigeria, 1979, Grandstar Records)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ole“, a 70s psychedelic Afro Rock Funk with Afrobeat flavors, taken from “Dancing In The Nude” the first album of the mythical Nigerian band “The Funkees“, initially recorded in 1974 in London, and repressed in 1979 (the version presented here).

Originating as an army band after the Nigerian Civil War (Biafran War), it contributed to the outpouring of upbeat music produced by young people in Nigeria in response to the darkness of the recently concluded civil conflict.

The band was composed with :

Lead Vocals, Percussion : Mohammed Ahidjo ;

Guitar [Lead], Organ, Piano, Vocals, Percussion [Miscellaneous] : Jake Sollo ;

Guitar [2nd], Vocals, Percussion [Miscellaneous] : Harry Mosco ;

Lead Vocals, Percussion : Mohammed Ahidjo ;

Bongos, Percussion : Roli Paterson ;

Congas, Vocals : Sonny Akpabio ;

Design, Painting : R. A. Sule ;

Drums, Vocals : Chyke Madu ;

Electric Bass [Fender], Vocals, Percussion : Danny Heibs ;

Killer album from start to finish, hope you’ll enjoy it !

The Funkees – Ole (Nigeria, 1979, Grandstar Records)

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Have a nice Wednesday, see you on next Sunday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau

Vincent Toko And Justin Naoussi – Fly No More (Nigeria, 1980s, Taretone)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Fly No More“, an obscure but catchy Afro Boogie Disco Synth track, taken from the only album recorded in 1980s by the Nigerian musicians Vincent Toko and Justin Naoussi, and produced by Jake Sollo, mythical figure of the Nigerian musical scene from the 70s to the 90s, and that includes many legendary figures from this era such as :

Vincent Toko (Arrangements & Composition, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals ) ;

Justin Naoussi (Arrangements & Composition, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals) ;

Christine Odita, Julia Aggrey, Kate Cambell, Lade Kong Gbulie, Ngozi Oraelosi, Princess Bunmi Olajubu, Teddy “Mens” Mensah, Tina Onwudiwe (Backing Vocals) ;

Friday Pozo (Congas) ;

Emmanuel “Emma Betsen” Onyenga Ogbonna (Drums) ;

Dotun « Candido » Obajimi (Percussion) ;

Leslie Brunner (Piano) ;

Ossomba “Nicco” Nicholas (Saxophone Alto and Tenor) ;

Joe “King” Ugokwe (Trombone) ;

Kofi Adjololo, Ray Stephen Oche (Trumpet) ;

A solid song that will rock any dancefloor, hope you’ll like it – Enjoy !

Vincent Toko And Justin Naoussi – Fly No More (Nigeria, 1980s, Taretone)

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Have a nice Sunday, see you on next Wednesday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau