Various Artists / Soul Jazz Records presents – ‘Nigeria Soul Fever’



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 Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Nigeria Soul Fever’ is the label’s first release to explore the vast wealth of Nigerian music recorded in the 1970s. The new album comes with introductory sleevenotes by Bill Brewster (author of ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’).  Packed with Afro-Funk, disco and boogie all from Nigeria, this album brings together a stunning collection of diverse West African sounds. Whilst a small handful of the artists featured (Joni Haastrup, Tee Mac, Christy Essien) have seen the light of day outside Africa, this is essentially a collection of killer tracks by an array of artists completely unknown outside of Nigeria. Artists such as Don Bruce & The Angels, Akin Richards & The Executives, Angela Starr, Jimmy Sherry & The Music Agents. It’s no surprise that these records are extremely rare and expensive to buy individually so this album will save you going broke trying to find them.  These recordings were made at a time when Nigeria’s trade restrictions banned imported records. Whilst new musical trends (such as American soul, funk, disco, etc) entered and influenced the country, the local music scene remained just that – local. Consequently, these recordings remain practically unknown to anyone outside of the country.  ‘Nigeria Soul Fever’ is released as a double CD digipack / triple vinyl with download / digital download album. This compilation follows on from Soul Jazz Records’ 1960s collection ‘Nigeria Freedom Sounds’, and will be followed by the reissue of the incredibly rare and groovy Nigerian 1980 disco boogie funk album Tee Mac’s ‘Night Illusion’.  Press – Reviews & features in Mojo, The Wire, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, Pitchfork, Irish Times, The Observer, Clash, Vice, Metro, Record Collector, Uncut, Independent, Q.  Online – Mailout to dedicated Soul Jazz Records mailing list of 30,000, Soul Jazz Records Facebook mailout to 20,000.

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