These are some mixes I put together from 2008 through 2012 to promote my various parties in NYC. I decided to leave these up for you to enjoy. There are many more mixes contained in the various older posts in the main body of this blog which can be accessed and navigated through the menu on the top right side of this page.
Here's a Nigerian funk mix, one of the very few to not come with a track list:
The opening track on the following mix is from an insanely rare 45 by Nigerian group The Clusters, followed by an unreleased track from Benin's Orchestre Poly Rythmo. This version of "ou c'est lui ou c'est moi" originates from the first recording session for their ALS005 album with Vincent Ahehehinnou. The label owner rejected this first effort and had the band go back into the studio and re-record the whole thing. The album which eventually got released is already amongst the rarest releases of the vast Poly Rythmo catalog but only two acetates of the first recording session were ever found. One copy remains with a legendary Toronto based collector and the other one sits right here at Voodoo Funk headquarters.
The rest of the mix offers you some deep, Nigerian funkiness and two rare tracks from Mali courtesy of Rail Band and Orchestre Le Bida De La Capitale.
04:00 Orch. Poly Rythmo -ou c'est lui ou c'est moi" (unreleased version)
14:36 Evelyn Dance Band led by Orlando Julius -erora miliki
21:37 Uhuru Sounds -ariwo yaa
26:58 Jake Sollo -deiyo deiyo
31:26 Bonds Funk Band -sitting at the court hall
35:01 Pyramid's 7 -shokolokobangoshay
41:17 Big John Oaikhena -agbon nu ghegbeji
46:13 Rail Band de Mali -djiguiya
56:01 St. Augustine -kpalanuma
63:20 Orch. le Bida de la Capitale -kenuma
Lately I've been seriously getting into Highlife tunes from Benin City (no relations to Benin the country). Benin City is the capital of Edo state in Southern Nigeria and birthplace of Sir Victor Uwaifo. I hope you will enjoy this music as much as I do. All these songs are really long, I only managed to fit seven of them into this mix that runs well over 1 hour... I don't like to cut tracks short. To me the length of these tracks matches the trance inducing nature of the music.
05:18 Ugbo & his Philosophers -efe
14:25 Collins Oke -iguo
22:18 Aigbe Lebarty -green revolution
30:22 Victor Uwaifo -ohue
38:38 Akaba Man -ighie vibie
45:27 Talents of Benin -ovbiokhokho
This is a Nigerian Disco mix I put together to promote one of my Lagos Disco Inferno Parties. Click on the image for a direct link to the mp3 and get sweaty!
My main man in Ghana, Dankyi-Appah Safo Kennedy aka Ken has recently gone international and been spending some time digging for records in Northern Nigeria. When I got to talk to Albert Jones from the Freedom Family and Geraldo Pino's Heartbeats about the scene in Kano and Kaduna back in the 1970s, I became certain that there have to be records up there. This turned out to be true as Ken just express-mailed me a big box of packed with the most unbelievable Nigerian funk 45s. Of course I couldn't resist but throw together a quick mix using some of these gems... a few boxes with LPs should arrive here at Voodoo Funk headquarters shortly and once they are here, I'm sure another mix will follow up in no time.
I'm not listing all tracks. Sorry for being so squirelly but I'm in the process of sourcing some of these tunes for possible re-issue and I don't want people chopping up my mixes and re-posting these tracks individually on YouTube or on one of those lame torrent sites...
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00:00 Artist Unknown
03:03 Stoneface & Life Everlasting -Agawalam Mba
05:55 Segun Bucknor -Baby Get Your Thing
09:17 Artist Unknown
12:17 Artist Unknown
15:12 The Funkees -Onye Mmyaa
21:05 Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats -Shake Hands (45 Version)
29:04 Tony Grey & The Zeinians -Do Your Thing
32:00 Artist Unknown
34:45 Showboy Eric Akaeze -I Will Tell Mama
40:43 Orchestre Vévé -Talali Talala
44:48 Joni Haastrup & Monomono -Water Pass Gari (Or Gari Pass Water)
Here's a summery new boogie mix for you...
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This is a mix I made with some records that I brought back home after spending January 2011 in Ghana and it includes quite a few new discoveries. Click on the image to listen.
00:00 Uppers Chapter Two - Samari Bolga
02:53 The Walking Shadows - If You Do Me - I Do You
06:10 Joe Mensah - Right On Bosue
09:48 Nyame Bekyere - Broken Heart
22:22 Uppers International - Aja Wondo
26:16 The Walking Shadows - Kun Adele
29:37 Rev. Jerry Boifraind (The Handsome Rebel) - Apartheid
38:10 Kelenkye Band - Jungle Music
43:48 Foundars 15 - Finger Fun
48:08 The Future Hope International - Onye Ma Echi
53:23 Sir Victor Uwaifo - Ohue
61:39 Jimi Solanke - Owo Orisa