Rating:

* * * *

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.

Nigeria 70

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, subtitled

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

Upside Down

; 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

No Discrimination

.

And on the not so well-known side there's the uppity horns of the Funkees'

Dancing Time

; 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

Autobahn

and Herbie Hancock's

Chameleon

.

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

Allah Wakbarr

is fuzz-funk with smoky Doors organ. This is one

funky

compilation that transports you back to a golden age.

Scott Kara