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Doing It In Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria

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Keeping their unbeaten record intact, Soundway Records present a new compilation of twenty rare and mostly unavailable tracks from the slick and sassy world of Nigerian pop music and club culture of the early 1980s. Buoyed by an explosive oil boom and a return to democracy after a series of military dictatorships, Nigeria's economy in the years of the early '80's was mirrored by its recording industry as countless young artists and groups hit the airwaves and dancefloors of the capital and beyond. It was a glossy, brash new form of pop music born out of ashes of late 1970s disco and funk and, just as in America, was the soundtrack to a new generation for whom money, style and flirtation trumped the overblown psychedelia of the previous decade. Eager to sound as American as possible with no hint of the fervor for afro-beat, afro-rock and afrocentric thinking that the 1970s had thrown up, a new generation of young artists and performers turned their backs on their cultural roots in music and sought a new kind of stardom and fame firmly connected to the glossy, snazzy world of the 1980s that was erupting in the USA and Europe. The 1970s flares and cuban heels began to disappear, in their place came sleek suits, rolled-up sleeves, bow-ties, jumpsuits, leather jackets, greased hair and a firm nod in the stylistic direction of Michael Jackson.


Patrick says: It's 2016 and by now you've heard your fair share of African disco comps. You haven't however, heard an official set featuring remastered versions of Steve Monite's 'Only You', Oby Onyioha's 'Enjoy Your Life' and Livy Ekemezie's stunning 'Holiday Action'. It's worth the entry fee for those three tracks alone, so with SEVENTEEN (!) other killers on here, you should snap a copy up.


CD 1
Hotline - Fellas Doing It In Lagos
Peter Abdul - Don’t You Know
Steve Monite - Only You
Oby Onyioha - Enjoy Your Life
Kio Amachree - Ivory
Livy Ekemezie - Holiday Action
Willy Roy - Don’t Give Up
Danny Offia & The Friks - Funk With Me
Rick Asikpo & Afro Fusion - Too Hot
Terry Mackson - Distant Lover

CD 2:
Ofege - Burning Jungle
Odion Iruoje - Indentify With Your Root (Cd Only)
Mike Umoh - Shake Your Body
Burnis Moleme - Where Is The Answer
Sony Enang - Don’t Stop That Music
Veno - Groove I Like
Godfrey Odili - Let’s Do More Music
Toby Foyeh - Ore Mi
Gboyega Adelaja - Colourful Environment
Lexy Mella - On The Air
Nkono Teles - Be My Lady (Mix)

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