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TITLE: YORUBA STREET PERCUSSION
FIVE TAKES ON 60'S LAGOS
ARTISTS: VARIOUS FORMAT: CD NUMBER: MC-1 COMPANY: ORIGINAL MUSIC
Yoruba Street Percussion is an exploration of six styles of popular
music heard on the streets of Lagos in the 1960's. There are 25 tracks exploring the Agidigbo, Apala, Sakara, Fuji, Juju, and Waka styles.
Some of the styles are popular music derived from traditional Yoruban music streams combined with Muslim singing styles, including a nasal inflection quite different from the usual open vocal styles associated with Nigerian music. Other styles, Agidigbo in particular, have an infectious beat more familiar to Western ears as it has been influenced to some extent by Afro Cuban musicians, and to a lesser extent by Jamaican rhythm styles.
The music is neo-traditional in the sense that the use of western style
horns or guitar riffs is absent, but is none the less a creative
expression of modern Africa, in which the traditional music finds new, urban forms.
It is all, good, knee bopping, drum music, fun to play along with.
The recording quality is good. These are street recordings taken from, I understand, 45's cut in Africa by the BBC in the 1960's. As such they have a warmer quality than digital recordings, with a notable absence of any hiss or ambient sounds. In other words, very high quality work for the technology of the time and very enjoyable on modern digital equipment.
The record jacket promotes the sound as "Nigerian Power + Islamic
Passion + Afro Cuban Payback".
That's as good a description as any. I highly recommend this CD.