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Various - Nigeria 70
Another addition to the growing number of Afro-funk collections to hit the market, Nigeria 70 claims to represent "the definitive story of 1970's funky Lagos."  Does it deliver on its promise?   Without a doubt.

By digging deep into the nation's history, Nigeria 70 has pulled the major feat of being equally relevant to casual fans and music scholars.  Over two discs' worth of material brings names like Afro Cult Foundation and Monomono to the Western public's attention for the first time.  Other, more recognizable names that appear are Tony Allen, Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade and Orlando Julius. 

Among the treasures sure to receive a higher profile are the spacey funk of William Onyeabor's "Better Change Your Mind," the psychedelic experimentalism of "Woman Make the Devil" by Bongos Ikwue and "Ololufe Mi," an early Kuti recording with Koola Lobitos.

Best of all is the lovingly assembled documentary that provides a comprehensive explanation of the growth and importance of Nigerian music, placing the music within its proper spiritual and cultural context. Strut has spared no effort in providing us with this superb survey of Afro-funk.

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Released 2001 on Strut

Selected Tracks:

The Funkees - Dancing Time
Blo - Chant to Mother Earth
Fela Kuti and Sandra Isidore - Upside Down
Orlando Julius - Alo Mi Alo

William Onyeabor - Better Change Your Mind

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