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Harry Mosco 'For You Specially' Nigerian Funk Reissue Via Secret Stash

Harry Mosco's forgotten Nigerian funk solo record 'For You Specially' gets a shiny new reissue from Secret Stash Records.


We're pretty sure no one is asking 'Who Is William Onyeabor?' anymore. Hopefully the same will soon be true of the late Harry Mosco, guitarist for legendary 1970s Nigerian afro-funk band The Funkees. Following the group's unsuccessful move to London (The Funkees disbanded after just four years), Mosco teamed up with drummer Willie Bestman and released his first solo EP Specially For You in 1977. The funk record received no commercial success whatsoever.

Thirty-six years on and Minneapolis' Secret Stash Records have just reissued the rare afro-funk record, remastered and co-produced by Uchenna Ikone (who was himself involved with Brand New Wayo and Who Is William Onyebar?), Mosco's bold and imperfect vocals stand out on groove-heavy tracks like "Usassa Funk" where twinkling Rhodes keys and sax solos take you right back to 1970s Lagos.  There are a few limited edition blue vinyl records (complete with original typo) still up for grabs. You can get a taste of Mosco's afro-funk grooves in the teaser below and head to Secret Stash for more on the release. For You Specially is out now.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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