Lagos: 1970s Rare Funk
This is a gem from the past – a compilation of rare 1970s disco music from Nigeria put together by Frank Gossner of Voodoofunk
“It was the era of sheer ecstasy. The music not only represents the vibrancy of youthful expressionism of the time but is also deeply rooted in African rhythm though not traditional in phraseology…
This collection of songs marks the development of Nigerian urban pop culture…
There was diametric difference in the music of the discos and the music play by the groups. Disco music as played by the DJs was essentially western. The fans could connect with this easily. It was hip, urban and stimulating. The young Nigerian groups were hooked on it and tried to play it but with a distinctive African stamp of their own.”
More kudos to Lagos as [The New Afrika] Shrine is named as one of the top small music venues in the world. I am not sure what the reviewer means “its not for the faint-hearted” – I dont see it as any different from any other packed out club and as she goes on to say – it’s the safest place in Lagos!.
Lagos is not your classic tourist destination; it’s a prohibitively expensive city of 14 million people and a crime record to frighten even the toughest traveller. But Nigeria’s notorious capital does have one musical landmark worth going the extra mile for: the New Africa Shrine. It’s named after the legendary club run by the late musical activist Fela Kuti, which was razed by soldiers. Fela’s daughter Yeni and her musician brother Femi have built up a nightclub that can hold thousands and has live music throughout the week. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but the Shrine is probably the safest place in Lagos: it has its own police force. You’ll get a warm welcome, and hear some of the best live music in the region.