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Soundway

Various Artist ‎– Doing It In Lagos (Boogie, Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria)

$48.00

Soundway

Various Artist ‎– Doing It In Lagos (Boogie, Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria)

$48.00

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“Soundway Records present a new compilation of twenty rare and mostly unavailable tracks from the slick and sassy world of Nigerian pop music and club culture of the early 1980s. Buoyed by an explosive oil boom and a return to democracy after a series of military dictatorships, Nigeria’s economy in the years of the early ‘80’s was mirrored by its recording industry as countless young artists and groups hit the airwaves and dancefloors of the capital and beyond. It was a glossy, brash new form of pop music born out of ashes of late 1970s disco and funk and, just as in America, was the soundtrack to a new generation for whom money, style and flirtation trumped the overblown psychedelia of the previous decade. Eager to sound as American as possible with no hint of the fervour for afro-beat, afro-rock and afrocentric thinking that the 1970s had thrown up, a new generation of young artists and performers turned their backs on their cultural roots in music and sought a new kind of stardom and fame firmly connected to the glossy, snazzy world of the 1980s that was erupting in the USA and Europe. The 1970s flares and cuban heels began to disappear, in their place came sleek suits, rolled-up sleeves, bow-ties, jumpsuits, leather jackets, greased hair and a firm nod in the stylistic direction of Michael Jackson …

… This is disco-boogie-pop music that just happens to be from Nigeria and as such deserves to sit in the correct section of the record store and not in the restricting confines of the ‘World Music’ ghetto despite its geographic provenance. Echoes of the vast compendium of 1960 & 70s sounds from West Africa’s biggest recording industry are there if you listen carefully just as Soca and Latin music is echoed in the disco and soul of New York City but this is not music that deserves to be sidelined just because of where it’s from.

Many of the original albums these tracks are taken from fetch insane prices online due to their rarity and so it’s with great pleasure that we present a selection here that evokes a golden boomtime in Nigerian music history.”– Bandcamp 

Item description:        

Artist:

Various Artist

Title:

Doing It In Lagos (Boogie, Pop & Disco In 1980s Nigeria)

Label:

Soundway

Format:

3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation

Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM

Pressing:

UK

Release Date:

09 Dec 2016

Genre:

Funk / Soul, Pop, Folk, World, & Country

Style:

African, Disco, Boogie, Funk

Catalog No:

SNDWLP087

Condition:

New