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.
+ 3LP edition includes a bonus 7" single.
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)
LP One - 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
LP Two - WILLY ROY - Don’t Give Up / DANNY OFFIA & THE FRIKS - Funk With Me / RICK ASIKPO & AFRO FUSION - Too Hot / TOBY FOYEH - Ore Mi / GBOYEGA ADELAJA - Colourful Environment / MIKE UMOH - Shake Your Body
LP - Three - BURNIS MOLEME - Where is the Answer / SONY ENANG - Don’t Stop that Music / NKONO TELES - Be My Lady (Mix) / VENO – Groove I Like / GODFREY ODILI - Let’s Do More Music / TERRY MACKSON - Distant Lover
Bonus 7" - OFEGE - Burning Jungle / LEXY MELLA – On The Air (Rap Mix – Frankie Francis Edit)
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