Early Yorubaland Recordings Resurface

Various Artists

Awon Ojise Olorun, Popular Music in Yorubaland 1931-1952 (Savannahphone AFCD 010, 2006)

This fascinating CD was extracted from the British Library archives. Awon Ojise Olorun explores some of the first recordings of Yoruba music. It includes sakara music of Yoruba Muslims, the guitarists of Lagos, and the origins of apala percussion groups.

The collection includes recordings by some of the most important musicians of the time: Rafiu Bankole, Abibus Oluwa, Lasisi Onipele, Akanbi Wright, Julius Araba, Lasisi Layemi, Raimi Dogo, Yesufu Olatunji, Aiyeke and his Orchestra, Aminu Olaribigbe, Alhaji Muniru Singers, Theophilus Iwalokun, Irewolede Denge, and Isamoto Alade.

The thick booklet features a historical introduction, lyrics, liner notes about the songs and a bibliography.

If you are intrigued by Nigerian music before the era of Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, this collection will reveal the roots of modern Nigerian music.

Buy Awon Ojise Olorun, Popular Music in Yorubaland 1931-1952.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.