Saturday, October 3, 2009

Emperor Pick Peters - Botin Yewa Lati Owuro


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Emperor Pick Peters
"Biotin Yewa Lati Owuro"
I'll be the first to point out that this is the wrong album cover. But just try to find pictures of Pick Peters. And what album did this song come from? It's very difficult to find information about Pick Peters.
08.10.09 outreachat said... "This was Emperor Pick Peters' very first record with Chief Bolarinwa Abioro's record label, "African Songs", in 1974 or 1975. Pick Peters was "conjured" up from nowhere to fill up for Sunny Ade, when the latter backed out of his contract with Abioro. Isn't it amazing the similarity of the base and tenor guitar riffs to Sunny Ade's "E kilo f'omode?" Well, Peters seemed to have specific instructions, to out-Sunny Sunny Ade himself. I remember when I first heard the record I went about telling people that Sunny Ade had released a new album. It was bad for Peters that the anger of the people against him for seeking to supplant their idol knew no limits and never really ended; otherwise in my own opinion Pick Peters was not a bad musician and guitarist at all. The samples of his music that many are likely to have are from his greenhorn years; this is not to say that he ever made anything superior to those, or in itself. But in his later years one could lament the knowledge that he would have made a good musician had the politics of one-upmanship not railroaded his career with irate Sunny Ade fans. I once saw him in performance, in 1988: Pick Peters was not bad at all!"

King Sunny Ade "I could not release an album at that time because my contract with African Songs had not run out.  It was Admiral Dele Abiodun, who released an album which Abioro and the public assumed was a response to Pick Peters’ – on my behalf.  The truth is I did not ask anybody to respond on my behalf because there was nothing to respond to.  

 The assumption that Dele Abiodun spoke for me was strengthened by the similarity between his voice and mine.  Some even alleged that I was the one who sang the song.  I could not have because there was never any quarrel between Emperor Pick Peters and me.I did not even get to meet him until months after I had quit African Songs.  The first time we met was in Ondo, during Ogun Day.  A man came to greet me but his face did not look familiar.  I am sure he must have been surprised at the lack of any hint of recognition in my response to his greeting.  He introduced himself asEmperor Pick Peters.  I greeted him warmly, offered him a seat and we discussed.  I never quarreled with Pick Peters or any other musician. Never!  Could I have quarreled with a man I had not met?"  More here: http://www.asabeafrika.com/2016/11/the-ksa-memoir-my-dirty-fights-with.html



8 comments:

Outreachat said...

This was Emperor Pick Peters' very first record with Chief Bolarinwa Abioro's record label, "African Songs", in 1974 or 1975. Pick Peters was "conjured" up from nowhere to fill up for Sunny Ade, when the latter backed out of his contract with Abioro. Isn't it amazing the similarity of the base and tenor guitar riffs to Sunny Ade's "E kilo f'omode?" Well, Peters seemed to have specific instructions, to out-Sunny Sunny Ade himself. I remember when I first heard the record I went about telling people that Sunny Ade had released a new album. It was bad for Peters that the anger of the people against him for seeking to supplant their idol knew no limits and never really ended; otherwise in my own opinion Pick Peters was not a bad musician and guitarist at all. The samples of his music that many are likely to have are from his greenhorn years; this is not to say that he ever made anything superior to those, or in itself. But in his later years one could lament the knowledge that he would have made a good musician had the politics of one-upmanship not railroaded his career with irate Sunny Ade fans. I once saw him in performance, in 1988: Pick Peters was not bad at all! (Outreachat, Thursday, 08.10.09)

ariyaSpot said...

Please can u make the Emperor Pick Peters collection available to download. I am a huge Sunny Ade fan and I have heard so much about Emperor Pick Peters and the music of those days. I was born in 79 so I missed the vigor of those days.

oakolawole@gmail.com

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Could you please dig out more EPP for us to enjoy. I love this guy. He upped the rivalry so much it all became very hot between the three - KSA, Adawa and EPP!

grooVemonzter said...

To AriyaSpot and anonymous... Albums by Emperor Pick Peters are hard to find. But trust me, I'm hunting for more. Soon come.

Anonymous said...

Thank you grooVemonzter. EPP's vol.1 was titled "Kango kango l'agogo nke". Grateful if you can locate it. More grease...

Anonymous said...

Superb. But, grooVemonzter, where's the download link to the music? Is it somewhere in your post?

grooVemonzter said...

@anonymous - thx

Anonymous said...

Great pity this guy disappeared early due to illness and the spending that accompanies it in that part of the world. He was so hot in that short while that I doubt now if KSA would have been able to contain the threat he represented had he have stayed longer like KSA! grooVemonzter, EPP is superb. Please give us more!