Various Artists - Wake Up You Vol 1: The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972—1977)

Various Artists - Wake Up You Vol 1: The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972—1977)

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Absolutely love this comp, delighted to have a wedge back in stock.


An essential repress of the compilation that first landed in 2016.

The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s. The CD is presented in two volumes, each in a 104 page book full of never-seen photos along with detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves. It features Formulars Dance Band, The Hygrades, War-Head Constriction, Ify Jerry Krusade, Ofo the Black Company, The Magnificent Zenians, The Apostles and more.
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Now-Again Records
Catalogue: NA5142LP
Barcode: 0659457514259
Format: 2LP
Release Date: 2nd July 2021
"the compilation documents some of the musical, socioeconomic, and political trends that shaped Nigerian Afrorock."

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