18 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the early ‘70s, the Nigerian metropolis of Lagos was positively brimming with musical inventiveness. Fela Kuti had just opened the Afro-Spot nightclub in Lagos’ Empire Hotel, and bands like Monomo and Blo were starting to win over local audiences and attract attention from international record companies with their daring fusions of heavy West African rhythms with funk and psychedelia. Though Harry Mosco’s Funkees couldn’t match Fela for incisive social commentary and never attracted an international audience, the band was nonetheless important in Lagos’ burgeoning Afro-Rock scene. Mosco—the former guitarist for Celestine Ukwu’s pioneering highlife combo The Philosophers National—formed The Funkees in the late ‘60s. After a few years honing their chops on the Lagos club circuit, The Funkees began cutting singles for EMI Nigeria. Dancing Time is a lovingly assembled retrospective of The Funkees’ remarkable career, compiling the entirety of their Nigerian output as well as choice selections from their English recordings. This set is essential listening for anyone interested in the history of Nigerian pop music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the early ‘70s, the Nigerian metropolis of Lagos was positively brimming with musical inventiveness. Fela Kuti had just opened the Afro-Spot nightclub in Lagos’ Empire Hotel, and bands like Monomo and Blo were starting to win over local audiences and attract attention from international record companies with their daring fusions of heavy West African rhythms with funk and psychedelia. Though Harry Mosco’s Funkees couldn’t match Fela for incisive social commentary and never attracted an international audience, the band was nonetheless important in Lagos’ burgeoning Afro-Rock scene. Mosco—the former guitarist for Celestine Ukwu’s pioneering highlife combo The Philosophers National—formed The Funkees in the late ‘60s. After a few years honing their chops on the Lagos club circuit, The Funkees began cutting singles for EMI Nigeria. Dancing Time is a lovingly assembled retrospective of The Funkees’ remarkable career, compiling the entirety of their Nigerian output as well as choice selections from their English recordings. This set is essential listening for anyone interested in the history of Nigerian pop music.

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