Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ali Chukus - Amala Isekise

song: Amala Isekise
artist: Ali Chukus & his Peace Makers Dance Band
album: Amala Isekise (Editions Namaco ENLP 4)
year: 1975
Title track from Ali Chukus aka Ali Chukwuma's first album. 



special thanks to Flying Needle for posting this music: 
and thanks to Toshiya Endo for his Ali Chukwuma discography:

Monday, August 6, 2012

Orlando Owoh - Kennery De Ijo Ya

Dr. Orlando Owoh
and His African Kenneries Beats International

"Kennery De Ijo Ya"

side one - Kennery De Ijo Ya / Ola Ree Wa / Oye Ka Se Census / Ere No Omo Mi / Olugboy Egba

The following exerpts are from the movie "Life History of Orlando Owoh (part 2):

Interviewer (speaking to Orlando Owoh):  Why did you change the bands names? From ORLANDO OWOH and his OMEMA Band to ORLANDO OWOH and his KENERY Band?
Orlando Owoh:  Those that we started together betrayed and left me.
Interviewer:  You mean the OMEMA Band?
Orlando Owoh:  Yes.  And I left them to be.  I left my instrument and everything to them.
Interviewer:  Were they performing on their own then?
Orlando Owoh:  It was not easy for them.
Interviewer:  That means it was not easy for them?
Orlando Owoh:  They dared it but… God gave it to me.
Interviewer:  (laughs)
Orlando Owoh:  They actually played.  But they had about four different leaders after me. 
Interviewer:  That was when you formed KENERY?
Orlando Owoh:  I left them in OMEMA and started AFRICAN KENERY Band
Interviewer:  What is the meaning of KENERY?
Orlando Owoh:  KENERY is a singing bird.
Omimah Band

Interviewer:  Some other musicians do sing your songs.  Do they come for any copyright from you?

Orlando Owoh:  That’s what NIGERIANS eat from.

Interviewer:  And you are not angry at that?

Orlando Owoh:  (thinks a long time then says)  We met songs in the world.  That’s why we can sing.  And when we die some other people will continue singing.  I am just happy that I am fortunate.  I’ve got good destiny.  That I can find this cloth and buy it.  And I still find it on this man.  Then it’s a good and fine cloth.  And may the Lord make any other persons using my songs proper with it.

side two - John Ojomo / Iba Oluwa Iba Enia / Ebami Jo Adama / Eni Foju Ana Wo Oku

Interviewer:  Those days that you sing has really changed compare to this time.  Then you must be able to handle an instrument perfectly before you can lead a band.  But now days if you can sing you can lead.  What advice do you have for musicians of nowadays?

Orlando Owoh:  I play guitar but am no more performing.  I am no more performing so how do I advise those who are still performing?
Interviewer:  From your experience as a father.

Orlando Owoh: Any musician without instrument is not a musician.  But nowadays, they only brag and pose.  Nobody composes good songs anymore. 

Orlando Owoh and his Young Kenneries Band

thanks to Toshiya Endo for his Orlando Owoh discography:
thanks to jordnewton4luv for posting the files 4 this music:
thanks to wyldpytchrekords for posting the video "Life History of Orlando Owoh part 2:

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Midnite - Live Tracks Vol. 1

The eyes are the lights of the body
Look into your eyes
See you are infinity
Somebody worthy of noble deeds
Jah inna I&I
Jah inna everybody - Benjamin Vaughan


Live Tracks - Vol. 1

1) In the Kindom of Jah (a)
2) When Them (a)
3) Israel (a)
4) Rasta Living inna Babylon (b)
5) Propaganda (c)
6) I Feel Jah (d)
7) Jah Ovah (d)
8) All Praise (e)

(a) Live at the Northwest World Reggae Festival 2011
(b) Veterans Hall - Santa Cruz, California 2009
(c) URF - 10
(d) Trinumeral Festival 080808
(e) Live at Ouside Lands unknown date

Midnite is a force of nature.  Highly recommended listening.

thanks to youtube users:

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bini Chukwu - King Ubulu

King Ubulu & His International Band of Africa

"Bini Chukwu"

thanks to afrocolumbia:

Chief Augustine Ojinji a.k.a. King Ubulu

King Love A. U.
and the Ubulu: International Band of Africa
led by Charlie Boogie

"Ife Chi Onye Yene"

thanks to afrocolumbia:

King Ubulu discography:

uche4690 said... great ubulu, you are a great king, I really miss people of this kind in anioma music. rest in peace, Collins in London

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Seidomatic System

Does anyone have any personal recollections of Emporer Pick Peters?  Remember seeing him live.  Inside information.  Saw him during the 70's.  Comments would be appreciated.

Emperor Pick Peters has been resurfacing.  There is talk of a new album.  He did this interview with PM Entertainment titled:

"I Never Fought With KSA"

Peter Akanni Akorede a.k.a. Emperor Pick Peter of the "Omode de" fame, spoke with P.M. Entertainment about the crisis between him and King Sunny Ade and the involvement of Admiral Dele Abiodun, his TYC record label days and other issues

Quite an age, Emperor Pick Peter, where have you been?

PP: I have been around. Although I used to travel, now I am home fully with my family.

Where did you travel to?

PP: I have been to London, USA, Japan and other parts of the world.

Did you stay back for some time?

PP: Yes, I stayed back for about five years and I am home fully.

Why did you decide to return?

PP: Well, home is home and Nigeria is a sweet home and I will never forget my home.

You are known to be popular with the album, Omo Ode de, how did you do it?

PP: I decided to go to the studio after an album released by King Sunny Ade entitled E k’ilo f’omo ode, but let me tell you the truth about that song, King Sunny Ade is not the original owner, it was Ambrose Campbel. I have a copy of the record which we used to play on gramophone in those days. So, all the story that I was fighting him does not hold water, KSA is my brother and friend. We were together when he was living in a rented apartment. I used to go to his house then and his wife, the late Yetunde, used to cook for us.

What then informed your Omo ode de?

PP: Let me start from the beginning. I released my first album in 1973 on Marijos Recording Company label. The album was titled Kango kango l’agogo n dun. So in 1974, the album became an instant hit, selling in Nigeria and overseas, but the company did not pay me a dime and before I joined TYC (Take Your Choice Records/African Sounds), I met King Sunny Ade and informed him of my intention to join the company owned by the late Chief Bolarinwa Abioro. He was my uncle because we both came from Ipokia in Ogun State. KSA promised to assist and I told him to advise Chief Abioro to buy me a Volkswagen bus commonly called Danfo, to convey my musical equipment and he promised to deliver my message, not knowing that there was crisis between him and Abioro. He left without fulfilling the five-year agreement signed with the recording company and that was why he was banned for one year by an Igbosere High Court. When he left and after listening to his E K’ilo f’omo ode album, some of my fans called me that KSA directed it at me and that he was calling me Omo ode (a hunter’s son).

Was it after KSA’s exit that you joined TYC?

PP: Yes.

How did it happen?

PP: The management of TYC came to the then Lido Bar opposite Fela’s Shrine in Idi Oro area of Mushin, where I used to stage a weekly performance. At that time, Fela and I were holding sway at our different joints.

What happened after you joined Abioro's company?

PP: The company bought me a set of musical equipment and a Kombi bus, while I released my first album, Eda aye n reti pe ewe nla ni o lo ru wewe, on TYC label. Later, I released another one entitled Igbeyin l’alayo n ta, after which Dele Abiodun released an album.


PP: Let me tell you, he was and still my friend because when he travelled to the UK and on his return to Nigeria, I was launching my musical equipment that day and his manager, Mufutau came to me to inform  me about his arrival, because, at that time, when you travelled abroad and returned, it used to be fun and your fellow musicians will perform for you at the airport. So, I quickly sent my equipment to the airport to welcome him, but after all those things, this man went to the studio to record a song entiltled O j’ebi, o j’ebi omo ode, that prompted me to give a reply. I went to the studio in 1976 and recorded E ju’ba f’omo ode, which sold across the globe.

After that, it seemed your career nose-dived a bit?

PP: Nothing happened, I am still alive.

But some people said you don't play music anymore and that you have relocated to your town?

PP: I am still alive and in Lagos. Then that was my time, you know, everybody has his or her own time, even in journalism and that is what we call star. In the morning, some will shine, while it will be others’ turn in the evening. Music is still in my veins and I still perform, in fact, I still perform in Lagos at a party near Onigbogbo bus stop.

Why did you stop releasing albums?

PP: As I told you, everything has time, for instance, early this year, I released an audio CD in honour of Babatunde Fashola, the governor of Lagos State and very soon, I am going back to the studio to work on a new album for people to know that Peter is still hot.

But why haven't you released any since 1976?

PP: After 1976, I released over 20 albums on Oluno Records label, EMI and Identity, my own label.

Did you really make money from those albums?

PP: Yes I did, it is only TYC that is owing me, I am taking the estate of the late Abioro to court soon as the company is owing me over N2 billion naira as royalty.

There was this belief that you were used against KSA by TYC and that it was after the company retrieved the musical instruments bought for him that you decided to join?

PP: That is not true, it was basically a breach of agreement between KSA and TYC.

After the Omo ode de saga, have you been seeing KSA?

PP: Yes, we are very close and have always been together. He is my brother.

continued... PM News:

Pick Peters

special thanks to ethnomusic for posting the files for this great music:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Midnite in Eugene

Midnite live in Eugene 2004

Love Jah
Rastaman Still Stand
Fruit Them No Want
Rasta to the  Bone
Don't Move - Live Right
Love the Life
Check Ya Self

Midnite is a breath of fresh air.  Reggae is eternal.

Special thanks to DJDanK000:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Midnite Live 2005

Midnite  Live @ the World Beat Center 2005

1 In the Race So Far
2 Lion Pavillion
3 Freedom
4 Zimbabwe Wall
5 I Chant
6 Wrickta Scale On Ya
7 I&I a Bushman

"Did not this morning start with darkness?" - Midnite

My free youtube to mp3 converter will only convert half a video.  But in this case the whole video was two and a half hours long so half still gave us a nice CD.  Midnite has to be the best roots band out there.  They're brilliant. 

special thanks to BETOPOA09:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ma Wo Mi Roro

Dr. Orlando Owoh and His African Kenneries Beats International

Vol. 9: Ma Wo Mi Roro

LP; Shanu Olu SOS 166

I am having an unexpected day off and like magic I found the perfect soundtrack.  This, I want to tell you, is a great Orlando Owoh album.  The cover shown above is a great cover but it's not the right cover.  It's just a great cover.  The album here is "Ma Wo Mi Roro." It comes from the 1980's when Orlando Owoh was calling his band "His African Kenneries Beats International."  

side one: Lai Ku Egiri / Oluwa Lala Baromi / Madam Olumuyiwa Omolola (Akure) / What Can You Tell Me Why You Do Me So / Iye Mi Mabinu Mo Se Saigbo

side two:  Late Chief Okunyolaka Ademulegun / Ifo Social Club

Special thanks to roscojet for posting this music:
And thanks to Toshiya Endo for his Orlando Owoh discography:
Ma womi roro:

Friday, April 13, 2012

Vol. 3 - Live Play

Sunny Ade & His African Beats
Vol. 3 - Live Play

Sunny Alade SALPS 5

side one

side two

thanks to toshio endo for his sunny ade discography:
thanks to bazzaaaar for posting these files:

04132012  Los Angeles

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jackie Edwards Vol I.

the best of Jackie Edwards

Vol I.  "Strictly Rub-a-Dub"

Before there was Gregory..

Sexy Sandy
The Clock on the Wall
Love Is Overdue
Send Me a Love That's True
Carry On Henry
You've Got To Come Back
Your Style
Ghetto Girl
Come Dub Me Girl
King Of The Ghetto
I Won't Be Worried Anymore
The Clock & I Are So Lonely
Carry On Henry
Sexy Sandy

Strictly Rub-a-Dub: