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Audio: Pazy And The Black Hippies 'Wa Ho Ha' [1978 LP Reissue]


Minneapolis’ Secret Stash Records have proved themselves plenty committed to unearthing and reissuing great African obscurities in the past couple years. In 2011 they built up a catalogue ripe with highlife and funk, and earlier this year repressed Afro Funk’s hard-to-find 1975 album.

The label’s next release, which will feature Benin City natives Pazy And The Black Hippies, is steeped in the afrobeat and highlife traditions of 1978 Nigeria, but also offers a distinct dose of reggae not often associated with the era. Secret Stash describes the album as full of “call and response vocal anthems backed by incredibly deep rock steady grooves and afrobeat rhythms filled with funky horns and psychedelic guitar accents.”

Pazy And The Black Hippies sophomore LP Wa Ho Ha, recorded at the famed EMI Nigeria studios, will be available in vinyl and CD format. The vinyl drop features special edition green wax and a screen-printed jacket for the first 300 pre-orders. Stream "My Home" and watch a preview below. Grab the record, available for pre-order now from Secret Stash.

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>>>Stream: Pazy And The Black Hippies "My Home"

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