Well known british label spotlights the fusion between Nigerian music with funk, rock and disco in the 70s on Nigeria Soul Power 70.
While for many people the fusion of funk and jazz music with Nigerian rhythms and aesthetics began with Fela Kuti and his afro-beat sound, in fact this can be traced further back to the phenomena of the 1960s Nigerian artists and house bands in nightclubs and hotels who interpreted US soul and pop music with a local flavour and none more so than Geraldo Pino, the ‘African James Brown’ who features heavily in this collection. This strong compilation included also an hypnotic juju theme by Alhaji Kollington Ayinla and the Afro funk/boogie standout tune by Tony Grey amongs others artists.
Originally released as a now-long-out-of-print collectors’ 7” RSD box, this fully expanded album release now also includes extra tracks from Sonny Okosuns, Wings, Chief Kollington Ayinla and more.
Nigeria Soul Power 70, out october 18th on Soul Jazz Records. Discover below the album art and pre-order it now here.