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The Best 1970s Nigerian Psychedelic Funk Gets Compiled In ‘Wake Up You! The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock'

Now-Again Records presents a 34-track compilation chronicling 'The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock 1972-1977'

'Wake You Up!' Volume II via Now-Again Records.


Funk, rock and psychedelia had a strong footing in early 1970s Nigeria. Though less popular than Fela’s afrobeat, a large number of rock groups formed out of the ashes of the Nigerian Civil War to create some exceptional, footwork-friendly tracks.

34 of these vintage Nigerian tracks, written and played by often forgotten bands and songwriters, are being compiled in Wake Up You! from Now-Again Records—the trustworthy label that’s previously reissued the Zambian psychedelic rock of Amanaz and WITCH.

Wake Up You! is presented as a tribute to the many bands that formed this relatively unknown 1970s Nigerian psychedelic circle. It plays like the best dance track you could imagine and includes tracks from Ify Jerry Krusade, The Hygrades, The Hykkers, Waves, The Funkees, Theodore Nemy and many more.

The two volume release will also come with “two 100+ page books full of never-seen photos and the story of the best Nigerian rock bands told in vivid detail by musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?)” the label explains.

Hear Ify Jerry Krusade’s “Everybody Likes Something Good” below. Wake Up You! Volume I is out April 15 from Now-Again Records.

WAKE UP YOU! VOL. 1 TRACKLISTING:

1. Formulars Dance Band "Never Never Let Me Down"

2. The Hygrades "Keep On Moving"

3. Ify Jerry Krusade "Everybody Likes Something Good"

4. The Hygrades "In The Jungle (Instrumental)"

5. The Strangers "Onye Ije"

6. The Hykkers "Stone The Flower"

7. The Funkees "Baby I Need You"

8. Waves "Mother"

9. Ofo the Black Company "Beautiful Daddy"

10. War-Head Constriction "Graceful Bird"

11. The Magnificent Zenians "Ije Udo"

12. The Apostles "Never Too Late"

13. Aktion "Groove the Funk"

14. Wrinkar Experience "Ballad of a Sad Young Woman"

15. The Founders 15 "I Can't Be Satisfied"

16. Tirogo "Float"

17. Question Mark "Scram Out"

18. P.R.O. "Tell Me"

WAKE UP YOU! VOL. 2 TRACKLISTING:

1. Theodore Nemy "Come Back"

2. The Funkees "Slipping Into Darkness"

3. The Hykkers "I Want A Break Thru"

4. The Hygrades "In The Jungle (Vocal)"

5. Shadow Abraham with Monomono Friends "Babalawo"

6. Waves "Wake Up You"

7. War-Head Constriction "Shower Of Stone"

8. Question Mark "Love"

9. Action 13 "Set Me Free"

10. Jay U Experience "Baby Rock"

11. The Doves "Flying Bird"

12. Kukumbas "Awa Lani Arawa"

13. The Believers "Life Will Move"

14. Tony Grey & the Black 7 "The Feelings"

15. Ceejebs "Life In Cannan"

16. The Identicals "Who Made the World"

'Wake You Up!' Volume I via Now-Again Records.

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