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Listen to Some Rare Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju Songs In 'Nigeria 70'

A new compilation of vintage gems from Strut Records.

Strut Records is readying the release of their new compilation, Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987.

The fourth installment in their Nigeria 70 series, which started back in 2001, focuses on a time in Nigerian music when styles like juju and highlife became more influenced by Western jazz, soul and funk. And we're premiering it here today.

Duncan Brooker, the compilation's longtime curator, particularly wanted to feature some Ukwuani acts from the Niger Delta for this 12-song compilation—a solid collection of vintage gems that will have you hooked for days.


Prince Nico Mbarga. Photo courtesy of Strut Records.

"With the fourth and latest Nigeria 70 installment, the aim was to uncover more rare archive gems and regional styles not yet featured in the series," Duncan Brooker writes to OkayAfrica. "We have placed the spotlight on some great late '70s highlife with the sweet vocal style of unheralded session man Idowu Odeyemi and Prince Nico Mbarga's timely message about world problems, 'Sickness.' There are two killer Ukwuani dance floor tracks from the Western Niger Delta region from International Brothers and Rogana Ottah and we go back to the core of the series with some classic funk and afrobeat from Don Bruce & The Angels, Saxon Lee & Shadows International (featuring vocals from Pax Nicholas) and Felixson Ngasia."

"Familiar names include "Guitar Boy" Sir Victor Uwaifo with a funky ekassa and Etubom Rex Williams with a heavy psychedelic funk jam. There have been many Nigerian compilations released since the original Nigeria 70 album back in 2001 but hopefully this volume explores more uncharted territory with every track previously unreleased outside of Nigeria," Brooker adds.

Listen to our premiere of NIgeria 70: No Wahala below. The compilation is out tomorrow, March 29, on Strut Records.

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Nike Has Unveiled a New Nigeria 2020 Kit—and It's Just as Striking as the First

The Super Eagle's new kits are an impressive follow-up to the 2018 design.

Nike and Nigeria have done it again.

On Wednesday, the sporting brand unveiled a brand new Nigeria kit. This comes after the success of the wildly popular World Cup kit from 2018 which seamlessly fused streetwear with athletic function. The famous design was even nominated for the Beazley Design of the Year Award the year of its release.

The 2020 design is just as striking, featuring an angled, hand-drawn green design on top of a cream base. The Super Eagles's football crest is placed at the top front of the jersey, with the signature Nike swoop underneath. Matching sock sets were also unveiled for both colors of the jersey.

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29 Nigerian English Words Have Been Added to the Oxford Dictionary—Here's What That Means

Linguist Kola Tubosun breaks down how language grows and why it's also important for Nigerian policymakers to empower local languages.

Last month, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced a new development: it would be adding 29 new "loanwords" from Nigerian vernacular to the English dictionary. The news caused excitement amongst Nigerians on Twitter after it was shared by Nigerian linguist and founder of Yorubaname.com, Kola Tubosun. According to Tubosun, new words get added to the dictionary when they "gain new currency," which reflects how these words are being used in everyday language and not how they should be used (contrary to how many believe dictionaries function).

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K.O Releases ‘Killa Combo’ Featuring Zingah, Loki, Tellaman and Mariechan

Listen to the first single released under K.O's new imprint Skhandaworld.

The last time we spoke to K.O., he revealed that one of his goals for the year is to launch Skhandaworld, a newly launched imprint founded by the South African emcee. The up-and-coming rapper Loki was a top priority as he is the first signee under the label.

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Burna Boy Announces 'Twice As Tall' World Tour Dates

The Nigerian star will be playing shows across North America and Europe this summer.

Burna Boy is hitting the road again.

Following the celebrated release of African Giant—which came with nominations at both the Grammys & BRIT Awards and a trophy for Best International Act at the BET Awards—the Nigerian star will be embarking on a long run of shows that will take him across North America and Europe.

The Twice As Tall World Tour will kick off in May in Atlanta, and will see Burna Boy playing concerts across the US, Canada, Norway, France, Portugal, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and more locations.

You can check out the full tour dates for Twice As Tall World Tour below and revisit Burna Boy's performance for Okay Acoustics.

Tickets are available now.

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