Orlando Julius’s Afro Funk grail from 1978 get a second life

Hot Casa Records reissues Love Peace & Happiness, one of the rarest albums from the Afro Soul maestro.

Musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Orlando Julius Ekemode took is nickname from a famous Nigerian actor, Orlando Martins. Born in 1943 in Ondo State, he started in music at a very young age, becoming the school drummer and learning flute, bugle and other instruments at St Peters Anglican School in Ikole-Ekiti. Later in the 60s, he made a name for himself with his own Afrobeat sound blending US R&B with traditional highlife music. His career will cross the Atlantic in the 70s, bringing African music to a new audience. One of the most famous Orlando’s song is ‘Going Back To My Roots‘, co- composed with Lamont Dozier.

His masterpiece album Love Peace & Happiness was composed in 1978 between Maryland and West Virginia (USA) and released in limited quantity in Nigeria by the obscure label Jungle records. Today, Hot Casa Records gives these 6 powerful Afro Funk tracks a second life with this reissue carefully remastered by specialists Carvery.

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