Various popular musical styling’s from Africa, Lagos to be exact, in the 50s and 50s, are collected on an disc I bought some time ago: Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump. I dug it out of the archives and here are a couple of tracks for your Tuesday. The first is “You Are My Heart” by Rex Williams, a softer, more melodic and groovy track. It certainly has an American 50s flair to it. The next is “Dododo (Ekassa No. 1)” by Sir Victor Uwwaifo. This track is more rootsy. Both songs and this whole compilation of course remind me of summer but what kind of dancing music doesn’t remind you of summer? Ekassa, according to the liner notes, is a type of dance indigenous to Benin, West Africa. The names above are various terms to describe these sounds.
“Much to his father’s disapproval, Uwwaifo had a ‘drinkard’ at the tavern tune the guitar in exchange for a jug of palmwine, got himself a book on music theory and started teaching himself to play.” More…
“You Are My Heart” by Rex Williams
“Dododo (Ekassa No. 1)” by Sir Victor Uwaifo