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Dele Ojo -Afro-Rhythm Roots Nigeria 1976

January 12, 2011

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.

Afro-Rhythm Roots

side 1

1-Please Don’t Break My Heart

2-Black Is Beautiful

3-Freedom For All Black People

4-Jekoyewa

side 2

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!

Dele Ojo -Edumare Ko Basiri


Various - Nigeria Special: Volume 2  Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6

check also Emperor Dele Ojo & His Africana Internationals on this fab compilation with an exceptional package and liner notes. (Soundways, UK 2010)

Nigeria Special: Volume 2 Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6


2 comments

  1. Gud day! Please i need all dele ojo series. Thank you


    • great music deserves a good search.



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