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Various Artists

Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76

Soundway Records Ltd

Released: 4th February 2008 | 26 track africa album
Nigeria, 1970. Highlife, Afro-beat, Rock, Jazz & Native Blues rub shoulders and are turned out at an unprecedented level. New styles meet old styles. Newfound national confidence follows the near break-up of the nation following the Biafran war. New fashions meet old fashions, creating new fusions. 5 years in the making, Soundway present 26 original and previously un-reissued tracks from the time. Obscure A-sides, B-sides & album cuts that have resisted a second look until now. Soundway records label boss and compiler Miles Cleret spent five years working on this compilation (and the upcoming planned spin-off compilations)– travelling to Nigeria, interviewing musicians, label owners and distributors - tracking down the forgotten sounds of '70s Nigeria in dusty warehouses, studios and markets. 5 Stars Spectacular...Nigeria Special is an aural & design classic MOJO 5 Stars Stunning......Time Out, New York ..bewitching dance-pop born of very old musical knowledge - New York Times I don't know when small record companies are going to run out of African grooves that haven't been on CD , but based on releases like this I hope it isn't any time soon....irresistable – San Antonio Current