Edo Funk Explosion Vol​.​1

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Qio Z Ro I would say it should be illegal to dislike this record but since it would be impossible to dislike it, there would be no point in making it illegal. If this is your introduction to all things then you are about to head down a lengthy black hole, and there are few better places to start. Favorite track: Sakpaide No.2.
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dogonpremise West African Music inspires, uplifts, and moves like no other!
Scott
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Scott the lp is a nice antidote to late-winter blahs. thx for the tote - it's far too small for all of my AA collection so I guess I'll just have to use it for shopping...the extra-long handles make it perfect for baguettes, Galliano, and such :-) Favorite track: Africa Is My Root.
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Markus Bader Almost impossible to wait patiently as West Africa's music has always been the most uplifting to my ears. Thanks for another gem I am really looking forward to. Thank you Analog Africa, thank you Nick Robbins & Frank Merritt for the awesome work you do!!! Nothing but passionate.
Now it is there to hear. Nothing to add still: it is absolutely brilliant as expected. Even better... thanks a lot!!! Favorite track: My Name Is Money.
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super dope. excited to have a new one from AA. Thanks Sami
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Popular Side 07:27
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Iranm Iran 05:36
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Ta Ghi Rare 07:21
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Aibalegbe 03:57
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Who No Man 08:39
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Obviemama 04:35
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about

It was in Benin City, in the heart of Nigeria, that a new hybrid of
intoxicating highlife music known as Edo Funk was born.
It first emerged in the late 1970s when a group of musicians began
to experiment with different ways of integrating elements from their
native Edo culture and fusing them with new sound effects coming
from West Africa ́s night-clubs. Unlike the rather polished 1980 ́s
Nigerian disco productions coming out of the international
metropolis of Lagos Edo Funk was raw and reduced to its bare
minimum.

Someone was needed to channel this energy into a distinctive sound
and Sir Victor Uwaifo appeared like a mad professor with his Joromi
studio. Uwaifo took the skeletal structure of Edo music and
relentless began fusing them with synthesizers, electric guitars and
80 ́s effect racks which resulted in some of the most outstanding Edo
recordings ever made. An explosive spiced up brew with an odd
psychedelic note dubbed "Edo Funk".

That's the sound you'll be discovering in the first volume of the
Edo Funk Explosion series which focusses on the genre’s greatest
originators; Osayomore Joseph, Akaba Man, and Sir Victor Uwaifo:

Osayomore Joseph was one of the first musicians to bring the sound
of the flute into the horn-dominated world of highlife, and his
skills as a performer made him a fixture on the Lagos scene. When he
returned to settle in Benin City in the mid 1970s – at the
invitation of the royal family – he devoted himself to the
modernisation and electrification of Edo music, using funk and Afro-
beat as the building blocks for songs that weren’t afraid to call
out government corruption or confront the dark legacy of Nigeria’s
colonial past.

Akaba Man was the philosopher king of Edo funk. Less overtly
political than Osayomore Joseph and less psychedelic than Victor
Uwaifo, he found the perfect medium for his message in the trance-
like grooves of Edo funk. With pulsating rhythms awash in cosmic
synth-fields and lyrics that express a deep personal vision, he
found great success at the dawn of the 1980s as one of Benin City’s
most persuasive ambassadors of funky highlife.

Victor Uwaifo was already a star in Nigeria when he built the
legendary Joromi studios in his hometown of Benin City in 1978.
Using his unique guitar style as the mediating force between West-
African highlife and the traditional rhythms and melodies of Edo
music, he had scored several hits in the early seventies, but once
he had his own sixteen-track facility he was able to pursue his
obsession with the synesthetic possibilities of pure sound, adding
squelchy synths, swirling organs and studio effects to hypnotic
basslines and raw grooves. Between his own records and his
production for other musicians, he quickly established himself as
the godfather of Edo funk.

What unites these diverse musicians is their ability to strip funk
down to its primal essence and use it as the foundation for their
own excursions inward to the heart of Edo culture and outward to the
furthest limits of sonic alchemy. The twelve tracks on Edo Funk
Explosion Volume 1 pulse with raw inspiration, mixing highlife
horns, driving rhythms, day-glo keyboards and tripped-out guitars
into a funk experience unlike any other.

credits

released March 3, 2021

Graphic Design : Kathrin Remest (Analog Africa)
Mastering : Nick Robbins (Soundmastering)
Lacquers : Frank Merritt (The Carvery)
Interview, Translation and Biography : Bela Patrutzi, Samy Ben Redjeb (Analog Africa) and Diego Hernandez
Text Editing : Jesse Simon and Diego Hernandez

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