To celebrate their 20th anniversary, purveyors of rare and forgotten sounds, Strut Records, are gearing up to release the first new volume in their renowned Nigeria 70’ series for over eight years. Compiled by DJ and collector Duncan Brooker, the compilation takes in highlife, Afro-funk and juju from the 70s and early 80s, all of which is receiving its first international release outside of the West African country.
Our pick of the bunch comes from Felixson Ngasia, backed by his Cameroonian band The Survivals, and sees the singer step away from his reggae roots and into disco-funk territories. Recorded in 1980 in Lagos as part of a one-off studio album, the sought-after original spreads messages of liberation and black pride via powerful vocals, propped up by bright uplifting keys, punchy sax and a percussive workout.
‘Nigeria 70: No Wahala’ will be released on 29th March. Pre-order from Strut.