The impact of Manu Dibango’s ‘Soul Makossa’ on global dancefloors was immense in the mid-70’s. Suddenly, African artists were finding a warm nest in hot Discotheques all over the States and the rest of the world.
The legendary drummer Babatunde Olatunji, already a household name in the United States in the early 60’s, after the release of his groundbreaking album ‘Drums of Passion’, had also helped to pave the way for other Nigerian musicians like Fela Kuti and Dele Ojo.
This obscure EP by Dele Ojo contains 6 original songs that were released in 1976 on the US label African Music Explosion.
1-Please Don’t Break My Heart
2-Black Is Beautiful
3-Freedom For All Black People
1-Edumare Ko Basiri
1-Thanks To God
While searching for more info on this record I discovered an authoritarian article on the music of Dele Ojo from The Guardian (Lagos) by Benson Idonije at Wordsbody. Definitely worth your attention!
check also Emperor Dele Ojo & His Africana Internationals on this fab compilation with an exceptional package and liner notes. (Soundways, UK 2010)