Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Sensation

The Funkees - Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77
The Funkees

Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77‘ (Soundway, 2012)

Soundway continues its exploration of 1970s Nigerian music with a compilation of material by one of the leading Afro-rock bands of the time. The Funkees was a popular band in Nigerian clubs during the early 1970s.

Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 contains 18 songs handpicked by Soundway’s director, Miles Cleret. The music is a mix of funk and Afro-rock selected from The Funkees’ 45s (singles) and two LPs.

The Funkees was the top east Nigerian band in the early 1970s. The hard working group was formed by guitarist Harry Mosco Agada. Its success in Nigeria attracted the attention of British promoters. Encouraged by this interest, the band moved to London where they rapidly became a well-liked act on the live circuit.

In the UK, The Funkees recorded two essential albums before finally breaking up in 1977. Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 includes all of their Nigerian 45s together with the best of their British album.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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