Nigeria 70 - Lagos Jump
Nigeria 70 is a gargantuan triple-disc set that stunned listeners the world over by revealing the heretofore-unsuspected musical diversity of Lagos in the ‘70s. Nigeria 70 helped Western listeners discover a funky and eccentric world of lesser known talents. Nigeria 70 - Lagos Jump is a sort of sequel to that first trendsetting collection. Though Lagos Jump forgoes the eclectic sprawl of its predecessor to focus almost exclusively on tightly wound American influenced Afro-Funk. “Everybody Likes Something Good” by slickly named Ify Jerry Crusade combines the grandiose theatricality of an Ennio Morricone score with Fela Kuti, while the relaxed palm-wine guitar stylings of the Peacocks Guitar Band offers a brief reprieve from the percussive assault of the rest of the album, focusing instead on snaky guitar lines and delicate finger-picking. Though rare afro-beat compilations have become more numerous since Strut records began in 2001, few are as compelling as this impeccable new offering.