Tunji Oyelana - A Nigerian Retrospective 1966-79

A Nigerian Retrospective 1966-79

Tunji Oyelana

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Tunji Oyelana - A Nigerian Retrospective 1966-79

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During the golden age of Nigerian music in the 1970s, as thousands of records were produced in a wide spectrum of styles and marketed to an immense audience of ardent consumers, very few people—including the producers of the music themselves—seriously entertained the possibility that any of these popular entertainments could be considered as “Art.”

Enter the multifaceted artist Tunji Oyelana. Equal parts singer-songwriter, actor, bandleader, dramatist, comedian and academic, Oyelana elevated the realm of pop music by infusing it with the poetic storytelling of Yoruba folklore. Backed by his crack backing group, The Benders (named for their ability to traverse--and blend a variety of styles) Oyelana blended the fashionable sounds of highlife, afrobeat, afrorock, funk, calypso, juju and reggae and transformed them into something timeless and utterly unique.

Tunji’s first records came out in 1969 but it wasn’t until two years later that the first record credited to Tunji Oyelana & The Benders, ‘Agba Lo De’ b/w ‘Koriko Nde’, was released. The record turned out to be the smash that put the name Tunji Oyelana & The Benders on the national map. More significantly, the record’s unique sound—along with that of Fela Ransome-Kuti’s ‘Jeun K’oku’ (‘chop and quench’), which arrived mere weeks before it—signaled the emergence of a new era and a new genre in Nigerian music.


Oyelana himself attributes his life as a professional artist to meeting Wole Soyinka, one of the unimpeachable doyens of Nigerian arts. They met in 1960 at the age of twenty-one, commencing a partnership that endured for more than five decades. In 1983, Soyinka joined The Benders for the album Unlimited Liability Company, which proved to be wildly popular with audiences across the country but angered Nigeria’s civilian government with its satirical critique of political corruption. Years later, Soyinka and Oyelana would run afoul of military dictator Sani Abacha while touring internationally with Soyinka’s play The Beatification Of Area Boy in 1996 and find themselves charged with treason, forcing them into exile until Abacha’s death in 1998.

For Oyelana himself, the golden age continues as he lives with his family in London and continues to perform several nights a week at Emukay, the restaurant and cultural centre that he runs with his wife, which has become a mecca for fans eager for the privilege of beholding a living legend at work.

Tracklisting

CD Album (SNDWCD043)
    1. Tunji Oyelana - Ojo
    2. Tunji Oyelana - Lisabi Egba
    3. Tunji Oyelana - Ipasan
    4. Tunji Oyelana - Osekere
    5. Tunji Oyelana - Fiya Jemi
    6. Tunji Oyelana - Ifa
    7. Tunji Oyelana - Ogun Adubi
    8. Tunji Oyelana - Agda Lo De (LP version)
    9. Tunji Oyelana - Iwo Ko Lo Dami
    10. Tunji Oyelana - Omoba D'eru Ri
    11. Tunji Oyelana - Jewele Jewele
    12. Tunji Oyelana - To Whom It May Concern
    1. Tunji Oyelana - Oloti
    2. Tunji Oyelana - E Gbe Mi
    3. Tunji Oyelana - Panbolanbola
    4. Tunji Oyelana - Lenle
    5. Tunji Oyelana - Aduke
    6. Tunji Oyelana - Aiye Nla
    7. Tunji Oyelana - Koriko Nde
    8. Tunji Oyelana - Irawo Mi
    9. Tunji Oyelana - Omonike
    10. Tunji Oyelana - Agba Lode (Original 45 version)
    11. Tunji Oyelana - Alaru T'Onje Buredi
    12. Tunji Oyelana - Which Way Africa?
    Download Album (SNDWD043)
      1. Tunji Oyelana - Ojo
      2. Tunji Oyelana - Lisabi Egba
      3. Tunji Oyelana - Ipasan
      4. Tunji Oyelana - Osekere
      5. Tunji Oyelana - Fiya Jemi
      6. Tunji Oyelana - Ifa
      7. Tunji Oyelana - Ogun Adubi
      8. Tunji Oyelana - Agda Lo De (LP version)
      9. Tunji Oyelana - Iwo Ko Lo Dami
      10. Tunji Oyelana - Omoba D'eru Ri
      11. Tunji Oyelana - Jewele Jewele
      12. Tunji Oyelana - To Whom It May Concern
      1. Tunji Oyelana - Oloti
      2. Tunji Oyelana - E Gbe Mi
      3. Tunji Oyelana - Panbolanbola
      4. Tunji Oyelana - Lenle
      5. Tunji Oyelana - Aduke
      6. Tunji Oyelana - Aiye Nla
      7. Tunji Oyelana - Koriko Nde
      8. Tunji Oyelana - Irawo Mi
      9. Tunji Oyelana - Omonike
      10. Tunji Oyelana - Agba Lode (Original 45 version)
      11. Tunji Oyelana - Alaru T'Onje Buredi
      12. Tunji Oyelana - Which Way Africa?
      Download Album (SNDWD043)
        1. Tunji Oyelana - Ojo
        2. Tunji Oyelana - Lisabi Egba
        3. Tunji Oyelana - Ipasan
        4. Tunji Oyelana - Osekere
        5. Tunji Oyelana - Fiya Jemi
        6. Tunji Oyelana - Ifa
        7. Tunji Oyelana - Ogun Adubi
        8. Tunji Oyelana - Agda Lo De
        9. Tunji Oyelana - Iwo Ko Lo Dami
        10. Tunji Oyelana - Omoba D'eru Ri
        11. Tunji Oyelana - Jewele Jewele
        12. Tunji Oyelana - To Whom It May Concern
        1. Tunji Oyelana - Oloti
        2. Tunji Oyelana - E Gbe Mi
        3. Tunji Oyelana - Panbolanbola
        4. Tunji Oyelana - Lenle
        5. Tunji Oyelana - Aduke
        6. Tunji Oyelana - Aiye Nla
        7. Tunji Oyelana - Koriko Nde
        8. Tunji Oyelana - Irawo Mi
        9. Tunji Oyelana - Omonike
        10. Tunji Oyelana - Agba Lode (Original 45 Mix)
        11. Tunji Oyelana - Alaru T'Onje Buredi
        12. Tunji Oyelana - Which Way Africa?
        12" Vinyl Triple Album (SNDWD043)
          1. Tunji Oyelana - Ojo
          2. Tunji Oyelana - Ipasan
          3. Tunji Oyelana - Fiya Jemi
          1. Tunji Oyelana - Lisabi Egba
          2. Tunji Oyelana - Ifa
          3. Tunji Oyelana - Osekere
          4. Tunji Oyelana - Panbolanbola
          1. Tunji Oyelana - Iwo Ko Lo Dami
          2. Tunji Oyelana - Omoba D'eru Ri
          3. Tunji Oyelana - Jewele Jewele
          1. Tunji Oyelana - Oloti
          2. Tunji Oyelana - E Gbe Mi
          3. Tunji Oyelana - Lenle
          1. Tunji Oyelana - Aiye Nla
          2. Tunji Oyelana - Koriko Nde
          3. Tunji Oyelana - Irawo Mi
          4. Tunji Oyelana - Alaru T'Onje Buredi
          1. Tunji Oyelana - Agba Lode (Original 45 Mix)
          2. Tunji Oyelana - Omonike
          3. Tunji Oyelana - Ogun Adubi
          4. Tunji Oyelana - To Whom It May Concern