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The world was a pretty funky place in the 70s but judging by this double-disc, 23-track compilation, there was no funkier place to be than Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos.
The Definitive Story of 1970's Funky Lagos
, offers up both classic songs and rare gems from a rich and forgotten era in Nigerian music.
So there are the influential players like Fela Kuti with two tracks, including 15-minute epic
; Sunny Ade's trance-like instrumental
Ja Fun Mi
; and Tony Allen (drummer in Kuti's Africa 70 band) offers up the noodly, raw and righteous
And on the not so well-known side there's the uppity horns of the Funkees'
; the soulful and gritty vocal serenade of Segun Bucknor's
La La La
; and William Onyeabor's weird 1978 synth-driven track
Better Change Your Mind
, which has hints of Kraftwerk's
and Herbie Hancock's
And it's not all arse-shaking grooves - there's the progressive funk of Blo's catchy
Chant To Earth Mother
; Bongos Ikwue sounds like a Nigerian Johnny Cash on the country funk of
Woman Made The Devil
, and Ofo the Black Company's
is fuzz-funk with smoky Doors organ. This is one
compilation that transports you back to a golden age.