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Audio: 1970s Nigerian Gems From MonoMono + Joni Haastrup Reissued


The story of MonoMono intertwines with that of Fela Kuti — like Fela, bandleader Joni Haastrup had linked up with Cream's Ginger Baker for live albums/performances and, MonoMono percussionist, Friday Jumbo played with Africa '70.

Riffing on a blend of psychedelia, fuzz funk, and afro-rock, MonoMono offer a unique furthering of the afrobeat originator's sound. Reissues of their criminally overlooked first LPs Give The Beggar A Chance (1971) and The Dawn of Awareness (1974), as well as Joni Haastrup's solo Wake Up Your Mind (1978), are set to be released by Soundway/Tummy Touch on Sept 27.

Stream and download MonoMono's "Make Them Realise," and watch a clip of Joni Hasstrup's 1971 Lagos live-jam with Ginger Baker and others below.

We can't stress how much these records should be copped.

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Download: MonoMono, "Make Them Realise"

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Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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