A fantastic batch of Nigerian funk from the great Orlando Julius
– some of the most dynamic Afrobeat recordings ever made! These recordings document Orlando
's years with his band the Afro Sounders, which evolved from his earlier band the Modern Aces in the mid 60s, and following his titanic 1966 classic Super Afro Soul. As was the case with that amazing album, Orlando
blends the deeply percussive African rhythms with a tightness and a hard wallop learned from American soul and R&B – with some very proud, righteous odes to the spirit of the Nigerian people. The set features the amazing cut "James Brown Ride On", which not only serves as a great Nigerian tribute to the American godfather (complete with English lyrics) but it also does a wonderful job of highlighting the cross-cultural elements that make Afrofunk the force that it was, and still is! Amazing, essential stuff – some of the tightest Afrobeat you'll ever hear, and a joy to see so lovingly reissued! Other tracks include "Home Sweet Home", "Psychedelic Afro Shop", "Mura Sise", "Esamei Sate", "Alo Mi Alo", "Ketekete Koro", "New Apala Afro" and more!