Various - Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980's Nigeria

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

Various

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
CD Album 20 tracks 7.99
Download Album (mp3) 20 tracks 6.99
Download Album (wav) 20 tracks 7.99
12" Vinyl Triple Album 20 tracks 21.99
Download individual tracks   From £0.99

Description

Various - Doing It in Lagos: Boogie, Pop & Disco in 1980's Nigeria

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*Vinyl comes as 3LP + bonus 7"

Soundway Records present a new compilation of twenty one 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 fervour 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.

The earliest cuts on the collection are firmly rooted within the deep disco sound of 1979 & 1980 before progressing into the boogie and pop that typified the years 1982-84: falsetto vocals, synths, slap-bass, handclaps and a sharp emphasis on the groove. Steered at the helm by a handful of legendary producers who had cut their teeth in the studios and groups 1970s (Jake Sollo, Lemmy Jackson, Tony Essien, Odion Iruoje) alongside some fresh new faces (Nkono teles and Tony Okoroji) the scene was fronted by a new generation of young singers both male and female and with the economy flourishing album sales were at an all time high. This was the age of the celebrity, mobile club-DJ and with vastly improved sound equipment, recorded music quickly began to displace live bands in the discos and clubs of a quickly expanding Lagos. These were places where a seamless mix of American and local music played all night - ever more pressure for Nigerian recordings to stand up against the offerings from overseas prompting some producers and artists to record in London or the USA despite Lagos having the best studios in West Africa.

With a never-ending discussion about what ‘World Music’ may or may not be and in a time where the influence of African, Latin and Caribbean music is firmly accepted as an instrumental and integral ingredient in the formation of disco and proto-house music, this compilation hopes to make a strong case for the Nigerian chapter of the story. This is disco-boogie-pop music that just happens to be from Nigeria and as such deserves to sit in the correct section of the record store and not in the restricting confines of the ‘World Music’ ghetto despite its geographic provenance. Echoes of the vast compendium of 1960 & 70s sounds from West Africa’s biggest recording industry are there if you listen carefully just as Soca and Latin music is echoed in the disco and soul of New York City but this is not music that deserves to be sidelined just because of where it’s from.

Many of the original albums these tracks are taken from fetch insane prices online due to their rarity and so it’s with great pleasure that we present a selection here that evokes a golden boomtime in Nigerian music history. It’s perhaps not for the purists who think they know what African music should sound like but hey, relax ...this music should make you make move, make you smile, (hopefully make some of you reminisce over your youth) …. it’s what it was made for.

Tracklisting

CD Album (SNDWCD087)
  1. Hotline - Doing It in Lagos
  2. Peter Abdul - Don't You Know
  3. Steve Monite - Only You
  4. Oby Onyioha - Enjoy Your Life
  5. Kio Amachree - Ivory
  6. Livy Ekemezie - Holiday Action
  7. Willy Roy - Don't Give Up
  8. Danny Offia - Funk with Me
  9. Rick Asik - Too Hot
  10. Terry Mackson - Distant Lover
  11. Ofege - Burning Jungle
  12. Mike Umoh - Shake Your Body
  13. Burnis Moleme - Where Is the Answer
  14. Sony Enang - Don't Stop That Music
  15. Veno - Groove I Like
  16. Godfrey Odili - Let's Do More Music
  17. Toby Foyeh - Ore Mi
  18. Gboyega Adelaja - Colourful Environment
  19. Lexy Mella - On the Air
  20. Nkono Teles - Be My Lady
Download Album (SNDWD087)
  1. Hotline - Doing It in Lagos
  2. Peter Abdul - Don't You Know
  3. Steve Monite - Only You
  4. Oby Onyioha - Enjoy Your Life
  5. Kio Amachree - Ivory
  6. Livy Ekemezie - Holiday Action
  7. Willy Roy - Don't Give Up
  8. Danny Offia - Funk with Me
  9. Rick Asik - Too Hot
  10. Terry Mackson - Distant Lover
  11. Ofege - Burning Jungle
  12. Mike Umoh - Shake Your Body
  13. Burnis Moleme - Where Is the Answer
  14. Sony Enang - Don't Stop That Music
  15. Veno - Groove I Like
  16. Godfrey Odili - Let's Do More Music
  17. Toby Foyeh - Ore Mi
  18. Gboyega Adelaja - Colourful Environment
  19. Lexy Mella - On the Air
  20. Nkono Teles - Be My Lady
12" Vinyl Triple Album (SNDWD087)
  1. Hotline - Doing It in Lagos
  2. Peter Abdul - Don't You Know
  3. Steve Monite - Only You
  4. Oby Onyioha - Enjoy Your Life
  5. Kio Amachree - Ivory
  6. Livy Ekemezie - Holiday Action
  7. Willy Roy - Don't Give Up
  8. Danny Offia - Funk with Me
  9. Rick Asik - Too Hot
  10. Terry Mackson - Distant Lover
  11. Ofege - Burning Jungle
  12. Mike Umoh - Shake Your Body
  13. Burnis Moleme - Where Is the Answer
  14. Sony Enang - Don't Stop That Music
  15. Veno - Groove I Like
  16. Godfrey Odili - Let's Do More Music
  17. Toby Foyeh - Ore Mi
  18. Gboyega Adelaja - Colourful Environment
  19. Lexy Mella - On the Air
  20. Nkono Teles - Be My Lady

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Doing It in Lagos £0.99
2 Don't You Know £0.99
3 Only You £0.99
4 Enjoy Your Life £0.99
5 Ivory £0.99
6 Holiday Action £0.99
7 Don't Give Up £0.99
8 Funk with Me £0.99
9 Too Hot £0.99
10 Distant Lover £0.99
11 Burning Jungle £0.99
12 Shake Your Body £0.99
13 Where Is the Answer £0.99
14 Don't Stop That Music £0.99
15 Groove I Like £0.99
16 Let's Do More Music £0.99
17 Ore Mi £0.99
18 Colourful Environment £0.99
19 On the Air £0.99
20 Be My Lady £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (20 tracks) £6.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

wav downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Doing It in Lagos £0.99
2 Don't You Know £0.99
3 Only You £0.99
4 Enjoy Your Life £0.99
5 Ivory £0.99
6 Holiday Action £0.99
7 Don't Give Up £0.99
8 Funk with Me £0.99
9 Too Hot £0.99
10 Distant Lover £0.99
11 Burning Jungle £0.99
12 Shake Your Body £0.99
13 Where Is the Answer £0.99
14 Don't Stop That Music £0.99
15 Groove I Like £0.99
16 Let's Do More Music £0.99
17 Ore Mi £0.99
18 Colourful Environment £0.99
19 On the Air £0.99
20 Be My Lady £0.99
Entire WAV Download Album (20 tracks) £7.99