It was in Benin City, in the heart of Nigeria, that a new hybrid of intoxicating highlife music known as Edo Funk was born.
It first emerged in the late 1970s when a group of musicians began to experiment with different ways of integrating elements from their native Edo culture and fusing them with new sound effects coming from West Africa´s night-clubs. Unlike the rather polished 1980´s Nigerian disco productions coming out of the international metropolis of Lagos Edo Funk was raw and reduced to its bare minimum.
Someone was needed to channel this energy into a distinctive sound and Sir Victor Uwaifo appeared like a mad professor with his Joromi studio. Uwaifo took the skeletal structure of Edo music and relentless began fusing them with synthesizers, electric guitars and 80´s effect racks which resulted in some of the most outstanding Edo recordings ever made. An explosive spiced up brew with an odd psychedelic note known as Edo Funk.
That‘s the sound you‘ll be discovering in the first volume of the Edo Funk Explosion series which focusses on the genre’s greatest originators; Osayomore Joseph, Akaba Man, and Sir Victor Uwaifo.
Double LP pressed on 140g virgin vinyl comes with a full color 20-pages booklet
1. Africa Is My Root – Osayomore Joseph And The Creative Seven 06:48
2. Ta Gha Hunsimwen – Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets 06:02
3. Popular Side – Akaba Man And The African Pride 07:24
4. Iranm Iran – Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis 05:30
5. Sakpaide No.2 – Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis 06:26
6. Ta Ghi Rare – Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets 07:19
7. My Name Is Money – Osayomore Joseph 04:50
8. Ogbov Omwan – Akaba Man & The Nigie Rokets 09:18
9. Aibalegbe – Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis 03:54
10.Who Know Man – Osayomore Joseph And The Ulele Power Sound 08:38
11.Obviemama – Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis 04:33
12.Ororo No De Fade – Osayomore Joseph And The Ulele Power Sound 07:55