Harry Mosco's forgotten Nigerian funk solo record 'For You Specially' gets a shiny new reissue from Secret Stash Records.
<p>We're pretty sure no one is asking<a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/07/26/luaka-bop-who-is-william-onyeabor/" target="_blank"> 'Who Is William Onyeabor?'</a> anymore. Hopefully the same will soon be true of the late <strong>Harry Mosco</strong>, guitarist for legendary 1970s Nigerian afro-funk band <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0QbL3rM1Vw" target="_blank"><strong>The Funkees</strong></a>. Following the group's unsuccessful move to London (The Funkees disbanded after just four years), Mosco teamed up with drummer <strong>Willie Bestman</strong> and released his first solo EP <em>Specially For You</em> in 1977. The funk record received no commercial success whatsoever.</p><p>Thirty-six years on and Minneapolis' <strong><a href="http://www.okayafrica.com/2013/11/29/peter-king-omo-lewa-secret-stash-reissue/" target="_blank">Secret Stash Records</a></strong> have just reissued the rare afro-funk record, remastered and co-produced by <strong>Uchenna Ikone</strong> (who was himself involved with <em>Brand New Wayo</em> and <em>Who Is William Onyebar?</em>), 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 <a href="http://secretstashrecords.com/product/harrymosco/" target="_blank">limited edition blue vinyl </a>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 <a href="http://secretstashrecords.com/product/harrymosco/" target="_blank">Secret Stash</a> for more on the release. <em>For You Specially</em> is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/album/for-you-specially-ep/id823638549" target="_blank">out now</a>.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="28c8783e1f2ba2f31b67a5e22fc3df26"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c7BAokzkgPs?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></p>
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