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Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump
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popular music environment of the post-colonial 70s where high-life found fenders and branched out into a mind-expanding brew of African rhythms and funk. The most notable monument of that era is Fela Kuti's Afropop movement, but artists like Ify Jerry's Crusade and the Peacocks Guitar Band are proof that other Nigerians were putting out credible offerings in the Afro-psychedelic period.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 Seun Anikulapo Kuti (Artist)
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From the opening bars of the self-titled debut from Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - ideas, words, and notes whiz about with abandon. The Afrobeat magic is set in motion while the delirious, unrelenting groove machine carries us away without missing a moment

Best of Fela Kuti/Music Is a Weapon ~ Fela Kuti
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This set comes with a great documentary which perfectly presents Fela the entertainer, the campaigner and the smoker! It makes this set pretty essential for ANY world music fan and even those who like any kind of rhythm in their music, that is hip hop, jazz, funk whatever. Fela's polyrhythmics and the message he brought not only ousts James Brown as the funkiest music ever but also predates hip hop's vital tool as providing a message

Juju Music
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by King Sunny Ade - Audio CD
If you're interested in learning what Nigerian Juju music is about, or just are getting into world rhythms, this is a record you must have. One of the best of the genre. (Reviewer: Ea listener from Philadelphia, PA USA)

Seven Degrees North King
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by Sunny Ade - Audio CD
From the very first notes, the juju music of King Sunny Ade is instantly identifiable. The musicians lock into a groove and don't let it go until the song ends

Ara Kenge
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by Bola Abimbola - Audio CD
a cast of diverse, talented and noteworthy musicians including King Sunny Ade. "Ara Kenge" offers rich vocal harmonies, traditional Yoruba percussion, Afro beat groove, and a touch of pop song structure and production.

The Best Best of Fela Kuti
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by Fela Kuti - Audio CD
Whether you feel like dancing, meditating or making love, you can do it all with this cd. The one thing you won't be able to do is listen to it passively. Fela's lyrics engage you and open your ears and eyes to another world. (Reviewer: A listener from Los Angeles

Aki Special Prince Nico Mbarga
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by Aki Special Prince Nico Mbarga - Audio CD
This is dense with exceptional tracks. This album for more than a decade defined African high-life. The "Sweet Mother" cut became virtually Africa's anthem across the entire continent in the 70's, and it's still fresh. The interplay of voices and slack-key guitar is Nico at the top of his form, and the songwriting is in the same stratosphere with Fela and Johnny Clegg in its directness and power. (Reviewer: A music fan from Westport, CT, USA)

Rough Guide to Nigeria & Ghana
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charm is the key element, with a multitude of variations on local rhythms and instrumental combinations. Check out the two-string gourd molo, as played with brilliant panache by Captain Yaba; or revel in some of West Africa's best-loved party tracks, including those by C.K. Mann and Eric Agyeman

Drums of Passion
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by Babatunde Olatunji - Audio CD
This is excellent traditional African music using various percussion and vocals. Very vibrant. Many tribal sensibilities are found in the rhythms. (Reviewer: A listener from Bellview)

Expensive Shit/He Miss Road
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by Fela Kuti - Audio CD

Synchro System
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by King Sunny Ade - Audio CD
This is the Juju classic. Cool beats and a sweetness of talking drums and Hawaian guitar the music hangs below the surface while Sunny Ade's vocal warmth glides seemlessly over. The beauty of the album is the mix of many Yoruba traditional drum musics with steel guitar and synth's. (Reviewer: a listener from Midlands, UK)

Rough Guide To Highlife
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Upfront & Upbeat: West African guitars dance - The heyday of highlife was in the 1960s and 1970s, and the name describes and defines the popular guitar-led dance music of West Africa, primarily from Ghana and Nigeria. The Rough Guide to Highlife surveys this vibrant scene, featuring classic tracks of the era and the biggest artists in the genre.

Coffin for Head of State/Unknown Soldier
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by Fela Kuti - Audio CD

Juju Jubilee
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by Ebenezer Obey - Audio CD
This record is a fine example of earnest juju music. Other artits have tricked it up some with synths and keyboards. Chief Commander Obe has always managed to offer more traditional representation of juju as it evolved from highlife. Keep in mind, this means amazing percussion work, intertwining guitar lines, loving vocals and long well developed instrumentals. (Reviewer: from Boothwyn, PA USA)

Drop the Beat
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by Babatunde Olatunji - Audio CD
The album is Olatunji's tribute to the power of rhythm. As he puts it, "Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm." This is also Olatunji's first recording with producer Mickey Hart, who took some of his first inspiration from Olatunji's work and released this album as part of his series "The Wo

Liberation
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by Sonny Okosun - Audio CD
Moroccan Gnawa singer Hassan Hakmoun collides with European dance musicians to create a long album's worth of genuine trance music. Hakmoun's spirituality isn't downmixed or diluted by his collaboration; we can hear his raw appeals to God throughout the often-subdued beats. World music at its best. (Reviewer: A music fan from Honolulu HI)

Love Drum Talk
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by Babatunde Olatunji - Audio CD
Anyone remotely interested in percussions and rhythm with vocals will be floored by this album just like i was. I have owned this cd for over two years and there isnt a day that goes by that i dont listen to it. (Reviewer: a listener from boston)

Confusion/Gentleman
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by Fela Kuti - Audio CD
Afrobeat at its best This is another CD that captures the essence of Afrobeat as created by Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It is clear that Blackism is a force of the mind as postulated by Fela. The heavy African rythmm coupled with the characteristic Fela lyrics is a must buy for all Fela fans. (Reviewer: a listener from London

Opposite People/Sorrow Tears &
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by Fela Kuti - Audio CD
This pairing of two of Fela's best albums is also a must have. Opposite People is one of Fela's most captivating and danceable songs ever recorded. The soloing is absolutely incredible. Sorrow, Tears and Blood is simply one of his best songs overall. (Reviewer: a listener from Austin, Texas - United States)

Greatest Hits
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by Celestine Ukwu - Audio CD
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Definitive Dairo
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by I.K. Dairo - Audio CD
"...provides a valuable historical insight to another important player in the evolution of Ju-Ju....It's timeless life-affirming music, pure and simple." (JazzTimes (1-2/97, p.84))

Yellow Fever/Na Poi
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by Fela Kuti - Audio CD
This CD has all the rythmic subtlety of Fela's best recordings. Anything with Tony Allen's drumming deserves four stars! (Reviewer: listener from Washington, DC USA)

Talazo Fuji Music Party
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by King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal - Audio CD
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Odu
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by King Sunny Ade - Audio CD
Nigeria's utmost musical statesman, King Sunny Ade, enlists a huge band-18 musicians in all-for Odu. The exuberant album is a wonderful example of musical build-up, from the elegantly intoned talking drums to slinking guitars and then a vocal power that grows exponentially with each additional voice taking on new choruses.

Live Live Ju Ju [LIVE]
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by King Sunny Ade - Audio CD
King Sunny Ade's live performances are legendary -- the beat of the talking drums, the slinky slide guitar, the whole band conspiring to get you up to dance.


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