Fela’s success in the West has hidden from view the diversity of modern Nigerian music. Like Lagos All Routes, whilst Chop Up sets out to put things in perspective — ranging across styles from the mid-sixties to the early eighties — musically it is mind-boggling.
‘Both albums crackle with intelligence and electricity’ (The Wire).
‘In a word, it’s heaven. As is the companion album’ (All About Jazz).
Here, there is juju, apala, afrofunk, highlife. Some breathtaking classic fuji — raw Muslim street music — for twenty-five years now the real soundtrack of Lagos youth. And the Afrobeat tracks include one of the best you’ll ever hear — thirteen minutes of Shina WIlliams And His African Percussions.
As Chief Ebenezer Obey puts it - ‘Eyi Yato’, something different.
With detailed notes by Michael Veal (Fela’s biographer) and great artwork by the young Lagotian Ogunajo Ademola: ‘beautifully packaged’ (Time Out).
|Awa Ni Superstars|
|Uwa Idem Mi|
|Alhaja Sikira Adunni_Ayinla Fuji E Ga Pupo|
|Soffry Soffry Catch Monkey|
|The Tragedy Story Of Two Friends|
|Onye Na Eli Nkwu|
|Ise Aje Male_Egbe Kegbe_Emi Koni Koja Ayemi|