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Various Artists

Nigeria Special Volume 2: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues

Soundway Records Ltd

Released: 15th March 2010 | 19 track africa album
Many of the tracks featured on Nigeria Special 2 have been forgotten or out of print for nearly 35 years but have since been tracked down and documented by Miles Cleret – the fruits of an arduous labour that has taken over ten years of dedication, research and travel to Nigeria culminating in the final part of Soundway's extensive survey of Nigeria's forgotten musical history. The range of styles vary from highlife to Juju and Nigerian blues in the languages of Yoruba, Igbo, Bini and Ijaw. With a peppering of 'afro' experimentation the same musical stew pervades volume 2 as it's predecessor - some artists appear again alongside some new artists as the emphasis continues to focus on the laid back and mid tempo feel found on volume 1. It includes, the bluesy guitar band style of the Otarus & the Peacocks sits opposite the more uptempo sound of highlife legends Stephen Osita Osadebe (here bringing his Igbo version of the Cuban standard Peanut Vendor) and Paulson Kalu. Progressive outfits the Black Zenith, The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, Tunji Oyelana, The Nkengas Opotopo and Joy Nwoso remind us that these were indeed experimental times with their fusions of jazz, highlife and in the case of Nwoso - opera! Strong support expected across UK and international music , press and specialist radio.