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* this post is part of a project called Special for You, my homage to the amazing Soundway compilation “Nigeria Special – Modern Highlife and Afro Sounds 1970-76*
Today ‘s tune was hard, really hard, and personally I think what I’ve recorded sounds pretty terrible. I don’t really have the same types instruments they had, and instead of a cowbell I’m hitting my music stand. I guess that’s part of the learning though, and I’m sure in 60′s nigerian recording studios everybody was making the best use of whatever was on hand so no more complaining. Here’s the orginal, a tune called Okwukwe Na Nchekwube by Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National. Say that 3 times fast, or even once. What I love best about the piece is that you settle in to a dreamy instrumental thing for about 3 minutes with some psychedelic slide guitar and great horns, and then out of nowhere come some beautiful kind of haunting male vocals which take you through to the end of the tune. This tune totally exemplifies what I love about this music, super interesting rhythms, the surprise elements, a healthy dose of experimentation, and really nice arrangements.
and what I’m doing. We’ll hope for better tomorrow.