Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rogana Ottah Agbachimi Nkiti

artist:  Chief Rogana Ottah and his Victory Stars Band
album: Agbachimi Nkiti
label: Alhaji Y. Akomolafe AAKC 030

side one: Agbachimi Nkiti / Onwu Adubegbum
side two Ashi Madu Abu Ofu

I purchased this record a few years ago from a source in France which will go unnamed because I've forgotten the name.  I purchased several records from them actually and I will confess that many of the records looked like they had been dug up from the ground.  Unearthed.  However, as there can be no beauty without ugliness much to my pleasure this record was in quite nice condition.  And it plays surprisingly clean.  A diamond in the rough.  

John Beadle writes: "Guitarist Isaac Rogana Ottah, "The Oshio Super King," a prolific artist from Akoku, Ndokwa LGA, Delta State, is one of the better-known Anioma musicians. His musical career began in the early 1970's when he played in the bands of Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe and Rex Lawson. In 1973 he joined fellow Ndokwa native Charles Iwegbue and His Hino Sound Band. Striking out on his own after Iwegbue's tragic death in 1976, Ottah scored a major hit with his first LP, Ukwani Special, in 1977. In quick succession a series of outstanding recordings, notably the "Oshio Super" series, propelled Ottah to the vanguard of the Anioma recording scene. Although his career slowed after the 1980s, he still made a prosperous livelihood as a touring musician into the early years of the 21st century."

Thanks to John Beadle and Toshiya Endo for their Rogana Ottah discography HERE

Very nice on the ear.



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