Afro-Baby - The Evolution of the Afro-Sound in '70s Nigeria

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Afro-Baby - The Evolution of the Afro-Sound in '70s Nigeria

[ Soundway Records / CD ]

Release Date: Monday 18 May 2009

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Nigeria in the 1970s had one the biggest recording industries on the African continent as well as one of the most diverse. The fusion of African rhythms and culture with jazz, funk, soul and rock was an Africa-wide phenomenon...

Nigeria in the 1970s had one the biggest recording industries on the African continent as well as one of the most diverse. The fusion of African rhythms and culture with jazz, funk, soul and rock was an Africa-wide phenomenon but nowhere was it more prolific and active than the cities and dancefloors of Nigeria.

The twelve rarities contained on 'Afro Baby' highlight how the Afro-Sound influenced all areas of the music scene and how it progressed throughout a very creative and energetic decade. From funky afro-jazz, soul and afro-highlife to big, dancefloor afro-beat, Nigeria led the way in West Africa at the time.